Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Donald Trump - Still Calling Names

Today the Voice of America, Chinese edition, is referring to Donald Trump's bad habit of publicly calling names on people he doesn't like. Here are some examples:

Chuck Todd - "Sleepy Eyes"
Mr. Todd is an American television journalist, moderator and the political director for NBC News. His new nickname might be related to Trump's hate of free media journalists who produce what Trump calls "the fake news".

Elizabeth Warren - "Pocahontas"
A member of the Democratic Party, she is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts. Warren was formerly a professor of law, and taught at the University of Texas School of Law, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and most recently at Harvard Law School. A prominent scholar specializing in bankruptcy law, Warren was among the most cited law professors in the field of commercial law before starting her political career.

By the way, Donald Trump must have some experience with bankruptcy law himself as is being indicated by his own proceedings as a business man.

Hillary Clinton - "Crooked Hillary" - "Nasty Woman" is sufficiently known as Trump's competitor for U.S. presidency and as a former Secretary of State and chief of the State Department.

Not to forget two prominent leaders of the opposing Democratic Party, Chuck Schumer - "Clown" and Nancy Pelosi - "Loser".

And now it's Kim Jong-un - "Rocket Man on a suicide mission for himself".

Even though tough words might be suitable for the North Korean leader who seemingly doesn't understand another language, Trump's inaugural speech before the United Nations General Assembly should have been of another quality. Especially when it comes to the verbal attack on Iran putting the Islamic Republic near to North Korea while serious western sources are pointing out that Iran is still keeping to the conditions of an earlier reached nuclear deal. Maybe a recent meeting between North Korea's envoy and Iran's president Rouhani has triggered off Trump's latest outbreak of adversion against Iran.


Tuesday, September 05, 2017

N Korea - Electromagnetic Mass Destruction

North Korea threat: EMP attack can destroy
a nation’s entire infrastructure in a flash.

KIM Jong-un needs only one hydrogen bomb to
bring America to its knees. And he knows it.

This is the nation-wide effect
it can have in nanoseconds.

These are today's headlines of, an Australian online news service. You should read the complete article on the consequences of an Electromagnetic Pulse EMP that is created by a powerfull nuclear explosion at high altitude and that can knock out, both, electric and electronic infrastructure of a targeted country without the need to precisely hit and destroy a specific target. It only needs what Kim Jong-un still has in his hands.

The Australian article comes at a time when North Korean media praise the EMP as a weapon to bring down the U.S. after Kim Jong-un obviously succeeded in creating enough nuclear fire power to get in reach of such possibility. However, things are not so easy for the North Koreans:

" The nuclear arsenals of the United States are hardened against any EMP pulse. It’s also one of the reasons so much effort and money is invested on near-invisible and widely dispersed ballistic missile submarines.

The instant a North Korean ICBM was detected to be on a trajectory capable of delivering such a high-altitude blow, a retaliatory firestorm of nuclear warheads would almost certainly be unleashed on North Korea itself.

Such is the grim nature of Mutually Assured Destruction — the Cold War philosophy that compelled cool minds to avert the catastrophe which could have resulted from the likes of the 1960s Cuban missile crisis. "

The Apprentice Wizard

Let's now sum up the facts to get a realistic view on the matter:

The U.S. and North Korea could easily annihilate
each other in a showdown of nuclear power that
is lasting no longer than one single hour.

Thereby not to mention the huge "collateral damage"
left to neighbouring countries and the major global
consequences in the fields of economy and finance.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

N Korea - Test of Hydrogen Bomb

Last Update: September 4

朝鲜称成功完成氢弹试验 时间压力转到美国

North Korea declares having successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.
Now pressure is turning against America.


According to measured data from China's Seismological Network, an earthquake of 6.3 [Richter] magnitude should have happened today, September 3 at 11:30:01 [Beijing Time], in North Korea at a latitude of 41.35 degrees north and a longitude of 129.11 degrees east. The epicenter should have been near to the surface.

[Source: SINA 新浪新闻中心 on 3rd September 2017]

Earthquakes in North Korea due to nuclear tests [BBC Chinese]

Spokesman for South Korea's National Earthquake and Volcano Center
showing the epicenter of the Sept. 3 earthquake and which is situated in
North Korea's nuclear test region. [Epoch Times 大纪元 on Sept. 4]

North Korean propaganda photo showing "Kim Jong-un
getting informed about missile-fitting hydrogen bomb".

Latest News: South Korea holds Live-Fire Missile Drill

South Korea's military said on Monday (September 4) that the simulated target for its missile test was "set in consideration of" Punggye-ri, the site where North Korea carried out its test.

"The training demonstrates the South Korean military's resolve to destroy not only the origin of provocation but also the enemy's leadership and supporting forces if they threaten the security of our people," Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, the army spokesman is quoted by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

[Source: BBC World Service on September 4, 2017]

Friday, September 01, 2017

Russia's Putin on Korea Conflict


Putin is convinced that any solution for the ‬problem of
the Korean peninsula could only be found by dialogue.

据塔斯社1日援引普京的话报道,事实证明,靠向朝鲜政府施压以使其暂停核导活动是错误的, 只有通过有关各方开展直接对话才能解决朝鲜半岛问题,而且这一对话应建立在不设前提条件、 不相互挑衅、不相互施压、不相互用武力威胁、不相互打“口水仗”的基础上。

Based on a TASS [Russia's news agency] report from 1st September Putin should have said that reality proves it would be a mistake to rely on putting pressure on North Korea to make it stop its nuclear missile activity for the short term.

Only by proceeding through a direct dialogue, both sides are interested to develop, a solution for the problem of the Korean peninsula could be reached.

Furthermore, that dialogue should be established on the basis of no preconditions, no mutual provocation, no mutual application of pressure, no mutual military threats and, as well, no mutual "spitting battles".

[Source: XinHua - New China 新华社 on 1st September, 2017]

"Spitting Battle":

North Korean fisherboat chased away from Japanese fishing grounds near Yamato Bank by Japanese Coastguard with the help of their water cannon. Since July 2017, North Korean boats had already ignored more than 820 coastguard warnings.

[Source: FT中文 on 1st September 2017]


Visitor from South Korea.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

South Korea - More Action Less Talks

After North Korea targeted Japanese air space with a ballistic missile last night, Japan and South Korea now tend to revise their strategy in the conflict.

Seoul’s presidential spokesman Park Su-hyun said four F-15 fighters dropped eight MK-84 bombs - each with the explosive yield of a ton - that accurately hit targets at a military field in Taebaek, near the border to North Korea on the eastern coast of the peninsula.

The South Korean defence ministry is reportedly drafting a new plan to thwart a full-fledged North Korean military offensive and occupy Pyongyang within weeks without waiting for US troop reinforcements. The gist of the plan is “the mobilisation of airborne troops and Marines to infiltrate Pyongyang to quickly bring down the North Korean regime.”

Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk said: “In the event of an invasion from the North, we will engage in an aggressive, deep-offensive operation” inside North Korea.

It also includes pre-emptive strikes against North Korean nuclear weapons and missile bases as well as operations to assassinate high-ranking North Korean officials.

[Source: The Australian on August 29, 2017, at 15:43 local time]

North Korea neighbours DROP BOMBS near border as nations 'ready for war'.

[Source: Daily Star, UK, on August 29, 2017]

朝鲜再射导弹 半岛对峙加剧

With North Korea launching further missiles,
confrontation on the peninsula will increase.


Analysts consider: With North Korea massing its missile launches within a short period of time, the situation on the Korean peninsula will be further driving into a circulus vitiosus of increased escalation.

[Source: XinHua - New China 新华社, China's news agency, on August 29 at 21:38 Beijing time]

Midnight news on August 29, 2017.


North Korea will carry out more launching drills
of guided missiles targeting the Pacific Ocean.

The article is referring to information launched by North Korea's "Korean Central News Agency 朝鮮中央通讯社. The North Korean report confirms the preferential use of Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missiles on special order by leader Kim Jong-un.

[Source: Singapore Morning News 新加坡的联合早报 on August 31, 2017]


Monday, August 28, 2017

Missile Alert - Japan Warning Citizens

Missile Warning for North-Eastern Japan at 06:06 Japanese Time
North Korean Ballistic Missile Passing over Japanese Territory
NHK TV Calling Citizens for Taking Shelter in Solid Buildings or
Underground Structures.

Update for Tuesday, August 29, at 03:30 CET:
The North Korean missile reportedly passed over Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido before it fell into the Pacific Ocean broken into three pieces. The Japanese government immediately assembled for an emergency meeting. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called the test a clear violation of United Nations resolutions.

A South Korean military official told NBC News that the missile was fired around 5:57 a.m. local time on Tuesday. The official said that the missile flew for about 2,700 kilometers (1,678 miles), reaching a maximum altitude of 550 kilometers (342 miles). U.S. Pacific Command projected that the missile splashed down at 6:29 a.m. local time.

North Korea confirmed that the missile launched into the direction of north-eastern Japan was a Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile, the same type North Korea is planning to use for the "encircling fire" of Guam.

On Tuesday morning, August 29, the Dow Jones industrial average futures opened more than 100 points lower following the missile news, while the dollar fell 0.5 percent against the Japanese yen. There had already been nervousness in Asian markets on Monday, August 28, related to the latest tensions caused by North Korea's missile tests.

North Korea - War of Video Games

Today, August 28, Chinese networks (i.e. SINA and Global Network) report on a new video game launched by North Korea.

朝鲜公司发布3D射击游戏 美国士兵成“猎杀”对象

North Korean company informed about 3D shooting game.
U.S. soldiers become targets for "hunting and killing".

"Chase and Kill the U.S. Guys" “猎杀美国佬” is the title of that video game. The player will be able to interfere "by using a sniper's gun to kill and thus hit back at [local] U.S. troops after a potential invasion by the enemy" “潜入敌后用狙击枪射杀击倒美国士兵”.

[Source: SINA 新浪新闻中心 on August 28, 2017]

On the opposite side, there is another video game related to life in North Korea and which I found in some Chinese network. It seems to be of western origin and intended as propaganda, even though it can be downloaded from different regional Chinese servers as the description page is suggesting. Technical requirements are rather basic (Windows XP upwards, 500 MB).

The company behind that game says it is creating "offensive visual novels".

The plot of that game is being told in English and is dealing with a U.S visitor to Pyongyang who is expecting to meet there with his two North Korean penpals. It turns out that both are female soldiers, one working for North Korea's Intelligence and the other serving in the Military Police. The game is now about his chances to survive that visit. Therefore the game has been named:

Stay ! Stay ! Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

My first (and only) Trip to North Korea.