5.) North Korea Mocks USS John S. McCain Incident and Threatens to Wreck U.S. Mainland
By Sofia Lotto Persio
North Korea has used the recent fatal incidents involving two U.S. warships in its latest anti-American diatribe.
An article published in several state-controlled North Korean publications on Thursday derided the collisions involving the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald, which resulted in a combined death toll of 17 U.S. Navy sailors, and described them as a foreshadowing of America’s own destruction.
“When the American empire is sinking into the bottom of sea with the Aegis ship, strategic rockets soared into the space in the East, shaking the world with great thunder and spouting grenadine fire,” the article read, attempting to draw a link between Pyongyang’s missile tests and the accidents.
Neither collision coincided with North Korean missile launches and neither ship sank, despite the damage sustained. Both Navy destroyers are part of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed unit, which is made up of 50-70 ships and submarines as well as 140 aircraft and 20,000 sailors.
The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged tanker near Japan in June, resulting in the death of seven sailors. The USS John S. McCain crashed with a Liberian-flagged oil tanker, near Singapore, on August 21. Ten sailors died in the collision.
The article goes on to lecture the U.S. on philosophy, quoting an Ancient Greek aphorism about wisdom being derived from the acknowledgment of one’s ignorance.
“‘Know thyself,’” the article read, before adding: “The U.S. should realize that if it disregards this warning of history and behaves recklessly, threatening peace in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia, the U.S. mainland will be wrecked tomorrow just like the Aegis destroyer wrecked today.”
North Korea claims to have planned for the launch of four Hwasong-12 missiles over southern Japan that would land 18-25 miles away from the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific.
According to the South Korean intelligence service, North Korea's launch of a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile over the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan on Tuesday was meant as a show of force to add credibility to the threat against Guam.
Speaking to the army following the launch, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un said that, for now, he will “continue to watch the U.S. demeanor's” and decide on future actions accordingly.
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2.) North Korea Is Practicing for Nuclear War
By Jeffrey Lewis ForeignPolicy
North Korea isn’t testing its missiles. It’s preparing for a nuclear first strike.
Thae Yong-ho, a high-ranking North Korean diplomat who defected last year and described how the country was taking the final steps to arm its missile units with nuclear weapons. North Korea is developing an offensive doctrine for the large-scale use of nuclear weapons in the early stages of a conflict. When combined with what we know about U.S. and South Korean war plans, this fact raises troubling questions about whether a crisis on the Korean peninsula might erupt into nuclear war before President Donald Trump has time to tweet about it.
North Korea has started launching Scuds and No-dongs from different locations all over the damn country. These aren’t missile tests, they are military exercises. North Korea knows the missiles work. What the military units are doing now is practicing — practicing for a nuclear war.
The word that official North Korean statements use is “repel.” North Korean defectors have claimed that the country’s leaders hope that by inflicting mass casualties and destruction in the early days of a conflict, they can force the United States and South Korea to recoil from their invasion. While U.S. officials usually bluster that Kim would be suicidal to order the large-scale use of nuclear weapons, it’s obvious that a conventional defense didn’t work for Saddam Hussein or Muammar al-Qaddafi when they faced an onslaught of U.S. military power. That was suicide. Of course, that’s where those North Korean ICBMs come in: to keep Trump from doing anything regrettable after Kim Jong Un obliterates Seoul and Tokyo.
3.) Focus Turns to North Korea Sleeper Cells as Possible Culprits in Cyberattack
The more cyber security experts look into the weekend “ransomware” attack that targeted tens of thousands of computers in Europe and Asia using software stolen from the NSA, the more they believe that North Korea was behind the attacks.
As reported by The New York Times, cadres of North Korean cyber “sleeper cells” take legitimate computer and software programming jobs in neighboring countries, but when activated on orders from Pyongyang, they spring into action. Intelligence analysts believe that when cells are activated, the cadres split into groups of three or six and move around to avoid detection.
It is believed that North Korea has been training digital warriors since the 1980s. Their mission is simple: When ordered to do so, engage in cyber warfare, which could include spreading viruses (as happened over the weekend), hacking into systems (remember the Sony hack?) and other cyber activities.
The Times noted further:
In more recent years, cybersecurity experts say, the North Koreans have spread these agents across the border into China and other Asian countries to help cloak their identities. The strategy also amounts to war-contingency planning in case the homeland is attacked.
This could help explain why, in the Digital Age, countries have been reluctant to attack North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development programs, out of fear that any such attacks would trigger a massive cyber response that cannot be defended against.
In launching a cyber attack against South Korea, Japan, the U.S. or even China – the ransomware attack hit China particularly hard, which is odd given that Beijing and Pyongyang were once closely allied – North Korea could severely damage critical infrastructure including power grids, transportation systems, banking and finance, air traffic control, nuclear power plants – anything that requires power and a computer to run.
And while each of these countries, especially the U.S., is very much capable of launching cyber-counterattacks, the North Koreans rely far less on electric power than do these other first-world economies. So the losses would certainly not be anything approaching equal.
Experts say that while there is no definite evidence tying North Korea to the ransomware attacks – there seldom is definitive proof of a cyber attack – there are similarities between the weekend assault and North Korean malware that has been deployed in the past.
Also, there is a pattern of cyber attacks by the North – often they are linked to banned weapons tests, and Pyongyang conducted another ballistic missile launch over the weekend, this one successful. The missile, in fact, could have a range of over 4,000 miles.
The launch of an advanced missile and coordinated cyber attack is likely meant to showcase Pyongyang’s technological prowess, analysts say.
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There is also the possibility that the North had no role in the weekend ransomware attacks, but that does nothing to change the fact that the country’s cyber warriors have infiltrated other countries and now lie in wait for commands to cause major disruptions. The truth is, intelligence services in the U.S. and abroad have no way of knowing how to identify most of these operatives, meaning any military strike against Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development sites would risk a cyber counterattack.
As for defenses against cyber assaults, there are some tools available to both government and private industry, but the name of the game in the digital world is to always remain a step ahead of your nemesis. Early last week President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order requiring U.S. agencies to bolster their cyber defenses, but complying will be easier said than done.
Meantime, the U.S. and its allies continue to be at risk from potential cyber attacks from the world’s most shadowy regime.
Stay informed at Cyberwar.news and Glitch.news.
J. D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and Newstarget.com, and founding editor of The National Sentinel.
Government energy report concludes power grid highly vulnerable to failures that would cause mass die-offs of U.S. citizens
By Jayson Veley CyberWar
A foreign enemy like North Korea could potentially shut down America’s power grid through the use of an electromagnetic pulse, for example. A team of hackers, whether they are operating from overseas or on our own soil, could carry out a massive cyber attack and turn off the electricity that way.
With regards to a potential cyber attack, the report states, “Like a physical attack, a cyber attack… could also occur with limited or no warning.” It goes on to warn that the “consequences of a successful cyber attack may be almost instantaneous, they could take a few seconds to some minutes to be fully realized, or an attacker may lay dormant for months collecting information as happened in the 2015 cyber attack on the Ukrainian power system.”
Whether it was the result of a cyber attack or an EMP strike, if America’s power grid were to go offline, virtually every single part of our lives would be affected. In addition to the minor inconveniences, such as the inability to charge your cell phone or heat your television dinners in the microwave, society as a whole would quickly unravel. With everything from the economy to America’s agriculture spiraling out of control.
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6.) China tests missiles during the weekend, US officials say
By Lucas Tomlinson
In a brazen broadside to America, China performed a dramatic series of missile tests this weekend -- targeting mock United States missile batteries and jets -- as the superpower flexes its muscles amid global tensions with North Korea and the threat of U.S. intervention, U.S. officials told Fox News.
U.S. spy agencies detected the Chinese military launching a series of 20 missiles at mock targets designed to look like American THAAD missile batteries and advanced U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets.
"You don't need to build a mock-up of an F-22 or THAAD to see if you could hit one with a missile," said a U.S. defense official who was not authorized to speak with the media. "This was a clear message by the Chinese."
China has long protested the deployment of U.S. THAAD anti-ballistic missiles to South Korea, and doubled down on its condemnation after the government in Seoul said they want four more American launchers over the weekend, following North Korea’s Friday test of a second KN-20 intercontinental ballistic missile, a record-setting launch that flew the farthest distance in the regime's history.
The U.S. Navy sailed a guided-missile destroyer near a contested island in the South China Sea that is claimed by China. It was the second time since President Trump took office the U.S. Navy conducted what it calls a “freedom of navigation” operation.
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Russian official news agency TASS quoted China’s state-run Global Times as saying that DF-41 ballistic missiles have been deployed in northeastern Heilongjiang province near Russian border.
“This is China’s response to threats pronounced by the new US president, Donald Trump. Also, Chinese missiles would be able to use a more advantageous northern strategic route for approaching targets in the United States, thus bypassing the US missile defense,” Sivkov said.
Strategically, Russia moved closer to China under the previous Obama administration following differences over Ukraine and Cyber attacks.
Russia says its Baltic Sea war games with Chinese Navy not a threat
Russia said late on Tuesday that war games it is conducting with the Chinese Navy in the Baltic Sea, which has become a zone of heightened tensions between Moscow and the West, do not pose a threat to anyone.
The exercise, which began on Tuesday, is a sign of how closely Russia and China cooperate militarily and will be seen as a show of force by Moscow in an area where NATO and Russian aircraft often intercept one other.
"The actions of our sailors will be monitored by our numerous neighbors in the region," Russian Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Russian Defence Ministry.
"Holding such an exercise is in no way a threat to other nations," he said.
The Russian and Chinese ships, which set off from a Russian naval base near the Polish border, will practice shooting at naval and aerial targets, the defense ministry said.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-china-wargame-idUSKBN1AB1D6
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Other Iranian media outlets, including the Revolutionary Guards-linked Mashregh News and Mehr News, which is owned by the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization, also ran the same report on Tuesday, but did not cite any Iranian official sources as confirming it.
Fars’s report admitted that there has not been an official announcement confirming the war games, but cited an unnamed Syrian official declaring that a joint exercise between those four countries would be carried out “soon.”
Preparations for those exercises would be carried out in the next few days, Fars quoted “informed sources” as saying, adding that the exercises would involve ground troops, air forces and naval forces.
The ShamLife report, titled “The largest military exercise in the Middle East – Russia, Syria, China and Iran in ‘World War III rehearsal,’” said sources had confirmed previous leaks, and that preparations for the exercise were being carried out at an “accelerated pace.”
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-crisis-russia-exercises-idUSBRE85I0YG20120619
4.) Former CIA director warns North Korea could kill 90% of US
Former CIA director James Woolsey and Dr. Peter Vincent Pry published an Op-Ed in The Hill warning that North Korea has the ability to kill 90 percent of Americans by detonating a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over the United States.The deaths, the two national security experts wrote, would result from the starvation and societal collapse which follows an EMP knocking out the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructure for over a year.“Two North Korean satellites, the KMS-3 and KMS-4, presently orbit over the U.S. on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP attack,” Woolsey and Pry wrote.In February and March of 2015, a Congressional EMP Commission staffed by former senior national security officials from the Reagan and Clinton administrations warned that North Korea does possess the capability to deliver a small nuclear warhead by satellite to carry out an EMP attack against America.
The Commission warned that the after effects of this attack would result in the deaths of 9 out of 10 Americans.
By R. James Woolsey and Vincent Pry
The mainstream media, and some officials who should know better, continue to allege North Korea does not yet have capability to deliver on its repeated threats to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons. False reassurance is given to the American people that North Korea has not “demonstrated” that it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead small enough for missile delivery, or build a reentry vehicle for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of penetrating the atmosphere to blast a U.S. city.
Indeed, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been photographed posing with what appears to be a genuine miniaturized nuclear warhead for ballistic missiles. And North Korea does, in fact, have two classes of ICBMs—the road mobile KN-08 and KN-14—which both appear to be equipped with sophisticated reentry vehicles.
Even if it were true that North Korea does not yet have nuclear missiles, their “Dear Leader” could deliver an atomic bomb hidden on a freighter sailing under a false flag into a U.S. port, or hire their terrorist allies to fly a nuclear 9/11 suicide mission across the unprotected border with Mexico. In this scenario, populous port cities like New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, or big cities nearest the Mexican border, like San Diego, Phoenix, Austin, and Santa Fe, would be most at risk.
Eight years ago, in 2008, the CIA's top East Asia analyst publicly stated North Korea successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads for delivery on its Nodong medium-range missile. The Nodong is able to strike South Korea and Japan or, if launched off a freighter, even the United States.
In 2011, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Lt. General Ronald Burgess, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea has weaponized its nuclear devices into warheads for arming ballistic missiles.
On April 7, 2015, at a Pentagon press conference, Admiral William Gortney, then Commander of North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD), responsible for protecting the U.S. from long-range missiles, warned that the intelligence community assesses North Korea's KN-08 mobile ICBM could strike the U.S. with a nuclear warhead.
And on October 7, 2015, Gortney again warned the Atlantic Council: "I agree with the intelligence community that we assess that they [North Koreans] have the ability, they have the weapons, and they have the ability to miniaturize those weapons, and they have the ability to put them on a rocket that can range the [U.S.] homeland."
In February and March of 2015, former senior national security officials of the Reagan and Clinton administrations warned that North Korea should be regarded as capable of delivering by satellite a small nuclear warhead, specially designed to make a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the United States. According to the Congressional EMPCommission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year—killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse.
Launch a crash program to harden against EMP attack the U.S. electric grid to preserve American civilization and hundreds of millions of lives. This could be part of President Trump’s infrastructure modernization project.
Beef up national missile defenses. Revive President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), the unfairly derided “Star Wars.” Space-based missile defenses could still render nuclear missiles obsolete and offer a permanent, peaceful, solution to problems like North Korea.
The U.S. must be prepared to preempt North Korea by any means necessary—including nuclear weapons.
Ambassador R. James Woolsey was the Director of Central Intelligence from 1993-95. Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission, served in the House Armed Services Committee and the CIA.
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1.) Trump warns senators ‘looking to start World War III’
"Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III." -President Donald Trump
America’s alert status has been upgraded to Defcon-2, listed as the “next step to nuclear war” with “armed Forces ready to deploy and engage in less than six hours”.
How anyone can claim we aren’t at war today is completely ridiculous. This is the next step to World War III and it’s unbelievable anyone anywhere is unaware of it at this point.
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Trump and his team see U.S. trade deficits, concentrated in Asia, as draining America’s wealth and threatening its national security. Trump claims he is out to redefine U.S. economic ties to Asia’s major economies.
Trump deployed the first Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) units to South Korea, which can purportedly intercept North Korean warheads.
It appears Trump is playing on these moves to seek more Japanese and Korean investment in the United States. He also wants understandings on currency valuation and more balanced bilateral trade.
With China—a major economic partner, but not an ally—Trump aims to leverage U.S. military power and other coercive levers to wrest trade and monetary concessions.
To this end, Trump seeks to increase pressure on China by expanding America’s regional military posture. There are 30,000 U.S. soldiers in South Korea today.
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If Trump wanted to solve the Korea problem, he would pursue what China proposed last week: dual track diplomacy aimed at “denuclearizing the peninsula on the one hand and establishing a peace mechanism on the other.” Initially, this would entail “suspension for suspension.” Pyongyang would halt its weapons tests; Washington and Seoul would stop joint military exercises.
Parties could then negotiate more comprehensively. America and its allies would seek a Korea without nuclear weapons. For Pyongyang and Beijing, denuclearization would be joined with a regional “peace mechanism” and a U.S.-North Korean peace treaty.
But the dual track would commit America to a cooperative approach to Asian security. And that would not help Trump pursue his economic goals. In a stable Asia, how would Trump leverage military power to extract economic concessions from allies or from China?
This will continue raising risks that conventional conflict on the Korean peninsula escalates rapidly to nuclear war.
If Trump keeps building what China sees as a more robust and ultimately offensive regional military posture, Beijing will respond.
China will leverage its own economic and political ties to U.S. allies in Asia to constrain and undermine Trump’s strategy.
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President Donald Trump issued an executive action, the order instructs Defense Secretary James Mattis, in the words of the Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the order prior to its formal release, “to examine how to carry out operations against unnamed ‘near-peer’ competitors, a group which US officials typically identify as China and Russia.” And it commands the Pentagon and the Office of Management and Budget to develop a “military readiness emergency budget amendment” that would increase military spending in the current year and increase the budget for 2018 and thereafter—increases to be offset by cuts to social spending.
A move by the Trump administration to implement a $1 trillion upgrade in the country’s nuclear arsenal, the expansion of the Navy to 350 ships, the Air Force to 1,200 fighter and attack jets, the Marine Corps from 24 to 36 divisions, and the Army to more than a half a million soldiers.
The US currently spends approximately $600 billion on its military annually—excluding expenditures on the intelligence agencies and Veterans Administration— more than the next nine largest military spenders combined. American “defense” spending accounts for, by itself, over one third of all global military spending, and it consumes the great majority of the federal discretionary budget.
Increases in military spending, coupled with Trump’s promises to drastically lower taxes on corporations and the rich, must inevitably be paid for by cuts to education, health care and infrastructure, and by plundering Social Security and Medicare.
A high-ranking Army general, Lt. Gen. David Barno, told NPR’s Morning Edition that far more US soldiers will be deployed into Syria.
An escalation in Syria is also prefigured by Trump’s anti-immigrant executive order, which, with the express aim of blocking refugees from fleeing the crisis, envisages the creation of “safe zones” run by the US military—in blatant violation of Syrian sovereignty and international law. Under the plan, Syria’s refugees would be placed in what would be, in all but name, US- administered camps, overseen by the US military.
8.) China Threatens Retaliation To Trump's Steel "Protectionism"
Days after Donald Trump signed an executive order to probe steel imports, mostly from China, Beijing responded warning such a move could trigger a trade dispute between the United States and its major trading partners, who are likely to take retaliatory steps, the official China Daily said in an editorial on Monday.
"By proposing an unjustified investigation into steel imports in the guise of safeguarding national security, the U.S. seems to be resorting to unilateralism to solve bilateral and multilateral problems," the China Daily said. The probe could result in efforts by the United States to curb imports that will affect the interests of a number of its major trade partners, including China, the editorial warned.
"If the U.S. does take protectionist measures, then other countries are likely to take justifiable retaliatory actions against U.S. companies that have an advantage ... in fields such as finance and high-tech, leading to a tit-for-tat trade war that benefits no one," it said.
The article called on the United States, the world's top economy, to use the settlement mechanism under the World Trade Organization to resolve the dispute over steel. Reducing imports will not alter the weak competitiveness of U.S. steelmakers, help restore U.S. manufacturing or bring back jobs, as President Trump hopes, it said.
Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-24/china-threatens-retaliation-trumps-steel-protectionism
7.) White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands, Beijing hits back
The war of words with China is well and truly underway, with the Trump administration asserting on Monday that the US will “protect our interests” in the disputed South China Sea, most of which is claimed by Beijing.
Beijing was quick to respond, warning Washington on Tuesday that it would not back down over its claims in the sea.
“The US is going to make sure that we protect our interests there…It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country,” Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, said.
Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, said at a press briefing in Beijing that China had “irrefutable” sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea and that the US was not a party to the dispute.
These remarks by Donald Trump officials — the president himself has talked about China building “massive fortresses” on the disputed islands — could lead to escalation of tensions and a military confrontation with a country that is already watching the new administration with some concern.
Trump upended decades old One-China policy of the United States to take a congratulatory call from the Taiwanese president, and defended it saying “everything is on the table, including One China”.
Read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/trump-white-house-vows-to-stop-china-taking-south-china-sea-islands/story-mApWAPXOLOTz8l5tbrYecJ.html
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The Senkaku Islands (known as the Diaoyu Islands to China), located some 225 nautical miles west of the main island of Okinawa and just 90 miles north of the Japanese island of Ishigaki, are claimed by both countries, creating an ambiguous security situation as both nations' militaries attempt to administer the uninhabited land masses and their surrounding territorial waters and airspace. Key to the dispute are both the rich fishing waters around the Senkakus and reports of potential oil and gas reserves in the seabed of the surrounding East China Sea. Sovereignty over the islands for either China or Japan (or Taiwan, which also claims the islands) would bolster any future claims to those energy reserves.
As the Trump administration reportedly crafts a major new military arms package for Taiwan to help the island deter a rising Chinese military, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian told a press briefing last week that "it is futile to use weapons to refuse unification, and is doomed to have no way out."
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