CHINA MOVES 300,000 TROOPS AND MISSILE DEFENSE BATTERIES TO BORDER AS NORTH KOREA TENSIONS INCREASE

The “North Korean source in China” speaking to RFA also noted that Pyongyang had observed the movement of 300,000 troops closer to the North Korean border and “missile defense batteries near North Korean reservoirs by the Apnok and Duman rivers.” The batteries would prevent the violent outpouring of those reservoirs into China in the event of an airstrike.
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CHINA IS REPORTEDLY MOVING MISSILE DEFENSE BATTERIES AND TROOPS CLOSER TO ITS BORDER WITH NORTH KOREA, A POTENTIAL SIGN THAT BEIJING ANTICIPATES EITHER A LARGE REFUGEE WAVE NORTH OR A MILITARY DISTURBANCE TRIGGERED BY THE BELLIGERENCE OF COMMUNIST DICTATOR KIM JONG-UN.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The ironic part of all the North Korea tensions is that when war finally does break out, it will likely be as a result of some kind of accidental miscommunication, a provocation or piece of rhetoric that will simply be the wrong thing at the wrong time. At some point, Kim Jong Un will get his wish to “take on America”, and then we will see the real extent to which the Russia-China-North Korea axis actually exists. 

The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo cited Radio Free Asia (RFA) in a report Monday, stating that RFA had compiled evidence that China had “late last year deployed another missile defense battery at an armored division in Helong, west of Longjing in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.”

The “North Korean source in China” speaking to RFA also noted that Pyongyang had observed the movement of 300,000 troops closer to the North Korean border and “missile defense batteries near North Korean reservoirs by the Apnok and Duman rivers.” The batteries would prevent the violent outpouring of those reservoirs into China in the event of an airstrike.

On Friday, China’s state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported that Beijing was also investing in establishing nuclear monitoring stations throughout the world, but especially near North Korea, to more rapidly gather information about a potential airstrike. While carefully noting that “detection is not targeted at any particular country,” the newspaper noted that the planned 11 nuclear monitoring stations “are responsible for detecting nuclear activities in neighboring countries, including North Korea.”

The People’s Daily claims the monitor plan “shows China’s commitment to global nonproliferation.” Taken in tandem with reports of military movements near North Korea, however, this development indicates concern that a major military or political event in North Korea will impact China significantly.

ANOTHER STATE NEWSPAPER, THE GLOBAL TIMES, REMARKED ON U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS LAST WEEK THAT “RISKS OF US MILITARY ACTION ARE GROWING.” TRUMP SINGLED NORTH KOREA OUT AS THE WORLD’S MOST EGREGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSER, CELEBRATING THE PLIGHT OF NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO ESCAPE.

In December, Chosun Ilbo reported that China is not only using its military assets to prepare for a potential catastrophe in North Korea; the newspaper cited Japanese media that had revealed evidence of China’s building massive refugee camps near the North Korean border, some that could welcome up to half-a-million refugees. Officials reportedly ordered the construction of such camps in Jilin, the same city where state media published a citizens’ guide to surviving a nuclear war triggered by North Korea.

The state-run Jilin Daily published an article in December suggesting citizens “close their windows and doors during an emergency and immediately take a shower and wash out their mouths and ears after being exposed to radiation.” It mentioned potential regional tensions without blaming North Korea directly.

While state media remained subtle about government fears regarding North Korea, communist academics made clear in December that they believed Kim Jong-un’s regime could not be trusted to keep China out of a major regional war.

“NORTH KOREA IS A TIME BOMB,” REMARKED PROFESSOR SHI YINHONG. “WE CAN ONLY DELAY THE EXPLOSION, HOPING THAT BY DELAYING IT, A TIME WILL COME TO REMOVE THE DETONATOR.”

China, North Korea’s largest trade partner, almost single-handedly keeps Kim’s economy afloat. Through a tense year for Kim and President Trump, who has not shied away from challenging the autocrat, China stuck by North Korea, increasing trade to the fellow communist country. Beijing has abided by some United Nations sanctions, however, and forced businesses on North Korea’s border to limit their contact with the regime.

According to Radio Free Asia, businesses along the border “are now being severely hurt as wider customs controls are established along the border, sources working in the area say.” Many of these businesses traffic in goods that are not obvious candidates for sanctions, such as cosmetics and paper. RFA suggests that those impacted on the ground have soured on North Korea’s government, as its belligerence has triggered the sanctions.

Dictator Kim Jong-un has rejected all attempts by the global community to convince the country to abandon its illegal nuclear weapons program and has continued testing ballistic missiles and suggesting that their ultimate destination will be the United States.

On the other side of the border, RFA reported that Pyongyang is “stirring up anti-China sentiment among ordinary citizens through conferences and lecture sessions as the closed, authoritarian country’s economy bears the brunt of tough new economic sanctions supported by its longtime ally.” North Korea rarely confronts China on international platforms, but even this line was crossed in 2017, when the Korean Central News Agency accused China, without naming the country, of “dancing to the tune of the U.S.” by agreeing to abide by U.N. sanctions. source

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Did Tillerson Just Go Off Script About Hezbollah?

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Did U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just go off script during his Middle East tour when he said the U.S. has to recognize that Hezbollah is “part of the political process in Lebanon?”

Or did he just call out the elephant in the room of American foreign policy vis-a-vis Lebanon, signaling a change to come?

First a little background: Hezbollah is through and through a terror group, designated as such by the U.S. government in 1997. Moreover, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iran, which controls the group’s purse strings to the tune of about $700 million a year.

There is no distinction (in terms of intent) between its military and political “wings,” a fact the U.S. acknowledges by its designation of the whole of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Only in Europe do they make that distinction.

With the exception of the UK and The Netherlands, Europe recognizes only Hezbollah’s military wing as a terror group (a convenient distinction to avoid stirring up a hornet’s nest of retaliatory terror and maintain lucrative financial dealings with Lebanon and Iran).

Yet, far from being merely “part of the political process,” as Tillerson demurred, Hezbollah essentially controls Lebanon — first and foremost through its military, as acknowledged by Lebanese President Michel Aoun (a Hezbollah lackey), who called the group “an essential part of Lebanon’s defense.”

Just one example of how Hezbollah makes itself “essential” to the defense of Lebanon: Last summer, when Lebanon decided to send its army to clear out Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) militants from the country, Hezbollah stepped in, pre-empting their offensive and doing the job themselves.

This follows Hezbollah’s doctrine of domination: “The army, the people and the resistance,” according to Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, as quoted in the Middle East Eye.

Hezbollah’s taking the lead role of being the defender of the country “reflects the reality that it sets the agenda as well as operational direction,” says Badran.

“The army has patrolled roads, and secured their [Hezbollah] logistical and communication routes, etc.,” Badran added. “So, when Hezbollah did its military parade in Qusayr last year, how do you think they brought in all that hardware across the border? The army was there. It waves them across.”

Yet, despite overwhelming evidence that Hezbollah’s controls not only Lebanon’s government but also its military, the U.S. continues to pour millions of dollars into the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) every year.

In 2017 alone, among other equipment, the U.S. gave the LAF 50 armored Humvees with automatic grenade launchers, Hellfire missiles and 1,000 machine guns.

There are those that would argue the LAF is the only foil to Hezbollah available to the West has and that strengthening the LAF will ultimately give it the means to kick Hezbollah out of Lebanon.

“That is wishful thinking,” said Thanassis Cambanis, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and author of a book on Hezbollah titled, A Privilege to Die, as quoted in Middle East Eye. “The dominant leaders in the LAF would not oppose Hezbollah, as they are seen as essential in the defense against Israel.”

President Donald Trump recently called out Pakistan for its terror financing and subsequently put a halt to millions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid slated for the country.

If Tillerson’s statements about Hezbollah signal that his boss is going to have a “Pakistan moment” regarding Lebanon, then his remarks may have been the forerunner to soften the blow.

But short of pulling the plug on the U.S.’ dangerous support of the Lebanese military, acknowledging Hezbollah’s political assets only gives the terror group more legitimacy and power.

This is certainly something the world does not need.

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Leaked Pentagon Doc Says Russia Has Massive Nuke ‘Kanyon’ Capable Of Rendering A Country’s Coast Uninhabitable • Now The End Begins

The Russian government is reportedly developing a city-killing torpedo, called Kanyon, that would allegedly leave a country’s coastline uninhabitable for decades. Jeffrey Lewis, an expert on nuclear policy, called Kanyon’s development “absurd.”

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Source: Leaked Pentagon Doc Says Russia Has Massive Nuke ‘Kanyon’ Capable Of Rendering A Country’s Coast Uninhabitable • Now The End Begins

B-52 Heavy Bombers Re-Enlisted For Nuclear Payload to Handle N. Korean Crisis

“The horse is readied for the day of battle, But victory comes from Hashem.” Proverbs 21:31 (The Israel Bible™)

For the first time in decades, the old-but-still formidable U.S. fleet of B-52 high-altitude long-range strategic bombers have reportedly been ordered prepared to return to their Cold War mission of carrying nuclear weapons in preparation for a conflict with North Korea.

Defense One, a national security website, published an exclusive story on Sunday saying that Barksdale Airforce Base in Louisianna has been ordered to prepare the enormous planes to return to 24-hour ready alert status. The bombers flew such missions until 1991 when the Soviet Union fell and the Cold War ended.

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“This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview with Defense One. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”

“The world is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” he added. “It’s no longer a bipolar world where it’s just us and the Soviet Union. We’ve got other players out there who have nuclear capability. It’s never been more important to make sure that we get this mission right.”

Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given but that preparation was underway in anticipation that it might come. Preparations are already underway at the airbase, home to the 2d Bomb Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command, which oversees the service’s nuclear forces.  An existing structure is being modified into new barracks for more than one hundred personnel. Barksdale and other bases with nuclear bombers are preparing to build storage facilities for a new nuclear cruise missile that is under development.

This seems to reflect the attitude of the White House. US President Donald Trump said Sunday that his administration was “prepared for anything” in connection with North Korea. “We are so prepared like you wouldn’t believe,” he told Fox News. “You would be shocked to see how totally prepared we are, if we need to be.”

North Korean hackers stole war plans developed by Seoul, Washington

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.

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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).

Israeli officials warn Pyongyang’s nuclear test could affect Middle East | JerusalemOnline

After North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test, Israeli officials are warning that Iran may decide to go against the international community and develop nuclear weapons, which could lead to a serious nuclear arms race in the region.

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When North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb yesterday, the reclusive state’s leader Kim Jong-un put an end to the arguments about his nuclear capabilities. Kim’s hydrogen bomb, which is 20 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, is a serious threat to the United States, with the potential to cause widespread destruction along America’s west coast.

Officials in Israel are very concerned about Kim’s latest show of force. According to them, the Japanese and South Korean responses to the test have the potential to impact the situation in the Middle East. According to them, if Japan and South Korea enter the nuclear arms race in order to counter Pyongyang’s growing strength, countries in the region will take notice.

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The officials are claiming that if Iran sees that other countries are developing nuclear weapons, Tehran may try to break away from the nuclear agreement and develop nuclear weapons. North Korea’s technology has already been passed along to Iran. In addition, Pyongyang has already tried to set up a nuclear plant in Syria in an attempt to establish a foothold in the Middle East.

If Iran publicly joins the nuclear arms race, the officials warned, other countries in the Middle East- mainly Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey- will also seek to develop nuclear weapons. The Israeli officials are concerned about this possible series of events, which could end up changing the strategic balance of power in the region.

This morning, the South Korean Defense Ministry announced that there is intelligence indicating that Pyongyang is preparing another intercontinental ballistic missile test. In addition, it was announced that four defense missile system batteries were placed south of Seoul Monday.

 

Source: Israeli officials warn Pyongyang’s nuclear test could affect Middle East | JerusalemOnline

BLINK: Kim Jong-Un Cancels Missile Attack On Guam As James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Warns U.S. Will Shoot It Down • Now The End Begins

North Korea’s state-controlled media reported last week on preparations for test firing four missiles, saying they would be aimed in the direction of Guam but splash down before reaching it. President Donald Trump pledged to meet new saber rattling from the communist country with ‘fire and fury.’ ‘If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about an attack – of anybody that we love or we represent, or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,’ Trump warned on Thursday. ‘And they should be, because things will happen to them like they never thought possible.’
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Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that if North Korea launches a missile in the direction of Guam, U.S. armed forces ‘will take it out.’ And he warned that ‘if they fire at the United States, it could escalate into war very quickly.’

EDITOR’S NOTE: President Trump is doing exactly what he and his administration need to do in defusing the missile strike threat from North Korea. When things reached a peak last week, we asked who will blink first as the saber-rattling ratcheted up. Kim Jong-Un blinked first, and very wisely so. Appointing ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as the Secretary of Defense was an excellent  choice. 

The Pentagon chief told reporters during a half-hour media availability that the Defense Department can determine where an airborne missile is headed ‘within moments’ of a launch.

And if a missile from dictator Kim Jong-Un is seen as threatening Guam, a tiny U.S. Pacific island 2,100 miles from Pyongyang, ‘then it’s game on,’ Mattis declared, ‘and we will try and do our best to make sure it does not hit the United States.’

‘We will defend the country from any attack at any time from any quarter,’ he said.

Sec. Mattis: If North Korea fires at the US, it’s ‘game on’

North Korea’s state-controlled media reported last week on preparations for test firing four missiles, saying they would be aimed in the direction of Guam but splash down before reaching it.

President Donald Trump pledged to meet new saber rattling from the communist country with ‘fire and fury.’

‘If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about an attack – of anybody that we love or we represent, or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,’ Trump warned on Thursday.

‘And they should be, because things will happen to them like they never thought possible.’

‘North Korea better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble,’ the president said.

On Friday he tweeted that ‘military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded.’

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, wouldn’t say on Monday whether the U.S. would respond militarily to a missile launch in Guam’s direction that appeared to intentionally miss the target.

‘If it falls short of Guam, then it becomes an issue that we take up however the president chooses,’ he said.

‘You can’t make all the decisions in advance. There are a host of things going on,’ he added. ‘I need a certain amount of ambiguity on this because I am not going to tell them what I’ll do in each case.’

But Mattis insisted the U.S. military stands ready to fight a belligerent North Korea if the president decides to engage.

‘The bottom line is we will defend the country, and for us that’s war,’ he explained.

‘You don’t shoot at people in this world unless you bear the consequences.’ source

 

Source: BLINK: Kim Jong-Un Cancels Missile Attack On Guam As James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Warns U.S. Will Shoot It Down • Now The End Begins