Kissinger rejects ‘freeze-for-freeze’ with North Korea

EPA file photo shows former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. (Yonhap)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) — South Korea could push to indefinitely postpone joint military exercises with the United States in exchange for North Korea taking steps to denuclearize, a U.S. expert said Tuesday.

The allies earlier agreed to suspend the annual drills for the duration of the PyeongChang Winter Games. North Korea views the exercises as an invasion rehearsal and has protested with various provocations in the past.

2018/01/26 01:47

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said Thursday he does not believe North Korea will abandon its nuclear weapons in exchange for a suspension of U.S. joint military exercises with South Korea.

Kissinger, who served under the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in the 1970s, spoke before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the security challenges facing the U.S.

“The most immediate challenge to international peace and security is posed by North Korea,” he said in his opening statement, posted on the committee’s website. “Paradoxically, it is only after Pyongyang has achieved nuclear and intercontinental missile breakthroughs, accompanied by threatening assertions and demonstrations, that measures to thwart these activities have begun to be applied.”

Kissinger acknowledged some success in the Donald Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign to curb the North’s nuclear ambitions, but added there has been no breakthrough.

“North Korea acquired nuclear weapons to assure its regime’s survival; in its view, to give them up would be tantamount to suicide,” he said. “An outcome that was widely considered unacceptable is now on the verge of becoming irreversible.”

Kissinger called for an agreement on Korea’s future through the revival of the now-stalled six-party talks or a separate forum led by the U.S. and China. That, he said, would be the best road to the denuclearization of the peninsula.

A “freeze-for-freeze” under which the U.S. and South Korea would suspend their regular military exercises in exchange for the North halting its nuclear and ballistic missile testing “will not … fulfill this purpose or even advance it.”

“That would equate legitimate security operations with activities which have been condemned by the U.N. Security Council for decades,” he said. “And it would encourage demands for additional restraints on, and perhaps the dismantling of, America’s alliances in the region.”

A freeze, pushed by China and Russia, would also give legitimacy to North Korea’s nuclear establishment and results of its previous tests.

“Interim steps towards full denuclearization may well be part of an eventual negotiation,” Kissinger said. “But they need to be steps towards this ultimate goal: the dismantlement of Pyongyang’s existing arsenal.”

The mistake of past negotiations, which only helped North Korea buy time to advance its weapons development, must not be repeated, he added.

North Korea seeks ability to simultaneously fire multiple nuclear missiles: CIA chief

This AP file photo shows U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo. (Yonhap)

2018/01/24

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) — North Korea is pushing to acquire the capability to fire multiple nuclear missiles at the same time, increasing the threat posed to the United States, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency said Tuesday.

Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, CIA Director Mike Pompeo also said the U.S. mission is to extend that timeline as much as possible.

“Kim Jong-un will not rest with a single successful test,” he said, referring to the North Korean leader. “The logical next step would be to develop an arsenal of weapons that is not one, not a showpiece, not something to drive on a parade route … but rather the capacity to deliver from multiple firings of these missiles simultaneously.”

Pyongyang last year conducted its first tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland U.S. It also detonated its sixth nuclear bomb.

Pompeo has repeatedly said that North Korea is just months away from having the ability to nuke the U.S.

“I want everybody to understand that we are working diligently to make sure that a year from now I can still tell you they are several months away from having that capacity,” he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump wants a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis, Pompeo added, but “we are equally, at the same time, ensuring that if we conclude that is not possible, that we present the president with a range of options.”

The CIA chief also noted that Kim appears to seek Korean reunification on his terms, not just protection of his regime, by pursuing the nuclear capability.

North Korea to mark Army Founding Day February 8, Day Before  PyeongChang Olympics, South Korea Announces

Photos are a sampling of past military parades released by KCNA.

2018/01/23

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) — North Korea said Tuesday that it has designated Feb. 8 as the new founding anniversary of its army and will prepare “practical” steps to mark the “historic” occasion, which will come one day before South Korea opens the Winter Olympic Games.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a report monitored in Seoul that it has changed the anniversary date of the establishment of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), which previously fell on April 25.

“Feb. 8 will be marked as the Army-Building Day,” the KCNA said. “The Cabinet and other relevant organs will take practical steps to significantly mark the founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army.”

The KCNA didn’t provide details on what steps will be taken. It has been reported that the North might be preparing a large-scale military parade that will require mobilization of troops and diverse weaponry.

A South Korean government official said earlier that the mobilization of around 13,000 troops and some 200 pieces of equipment have been detected near an airport in Pyongyang for what appears to be a rehearsal for a military parade.

During a Saturday parade commemorating its founder’s birthday, North Korea rolled out what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles. The country has been warned against having such weapons.

The KCNA, meanwhile, said that the North will mark April 25 as the anniversary of late leader Kim Il-sung’s establishment of the “Korean People’s Revolutionary Army,” which is considered to be a prototype for its KPA.

The new Army-Building Day is just one day before South Korea is to host the Winter Olympics in its eastern town of PyeongChang. The North plans to join the Feb. 9-25 sporting event by sending athletes, an art troupe and officials.

North Korea’s advance team wrapped up its two day stay in South Korea on Monday, after inspecting performance venues. South Korea will send its own inspection team to the North on Tuesday to inspect the venues where the two Koreas will hold joint cultural and sports events.

 

NORTH KOREA’S ANNOUNCEMENT IN STATE MEDIA:

Pyongyang, January 23 (KCNA) — The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea on Monday announced the decision to mark February 8 as the founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army (KPA).

According to the decision, Feb. 8, Juche 37 (1948) is a historic day when the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army developed into the regular revolutionary armed forces to declare the birth of the KPA.

Considering the foundation of a strong regular army to be essential for the building of an independent and sovereign state after the liberation of the country, President Kim Il Sung founded the KPA, the Juche-type revolutionary regular armed forces, which inherited the anti-Japanese tradition, in a span of less than three years with his outstanding idea of army-building and energetic leadership.

The Political Bureau of the C.C., the WPK decided as follows to add luster to the revolutionary feats of the President, the founder and builder of the heroic KPA:

February 8, Juche 37 (1948) when the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung developed the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army into the regular revolutionary armed forces will be marked as the founding anniversary of the KPA.

In this regard, April 25, Juche 21 (1932) when he founded the first revolutionary armed forces will be marked as the founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army.

February 8 will be marked as the Army-Building Day.

The Party organizations at all levels will conduct politico-ideological education and significantly hold diverse events for making the service personnel, Party members and other working people deeply grasp the feats of the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung for building of the regular revolutionary armed forces on the occasion of Feb. 8 every year.

The Cabinet and other relevant organs will take practical steps to significantly mark the founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army. –

Films, newspapers, magazines and intranets and other media spread decadent ideologies, cultural poisoning

Photo courtesy KCNA.

North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun Calls for Foiling Ideological and Cultural Poisoning by Imperialism

Date: 20/01/2018 | Source: KCNA.kp (En) | Read original version at source

Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) — For all the nations aspiring to independence and opposing imperialism to combat the poisoning of decadent ideologies and culture of every description precisely means a fierce struggle to defend their sovereignty and dignity, says Rodong Sinmun in an article Saturday.

The article goes on:

The imperialists regard the reactionary ideological and cultural poisoning as the most effective way for attaining their aggression and predatory aims with ease.

The degenerate reactionary ideology and the American outlook on value, which were employed as a guide to aggression, play the main role in aggression at present.

The imperialists consider the rising generation as the main target of their corrupt ideological and cultural poisoning.

Through films, newspapers, magazines and intranets and other media which the young people enjoy very much, the imperialists make them corrupt and degenerate and spread illusions about imperialism.

Those young people infected with luxury and enjoyment are reduced to renegades of their countries and stooges of imperialism unwittingly.

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Some countries witnessed regime changes and government falls and the young people took the lead in causing such abnormal situations. That is because they were infected with the imperialist ideological and cultural poisoning.

The struggle in the ideological and cultural field is a war without gunfire. And a wrong struggle results in the worse consequences than the defeat in war.

The bourgeois ideological and cultural poisoning is more dangerous than a formidable enemy coming in attack with guns.

Any hesitation and concession to the ideological confrontation would give way to the bourgeois ideological and cultural poisoning and then it would make mess of the destiny of a nation and country.

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North Korean Media: Americans Suffer from Nuclear-phobia, think everything’s a bomb

Pyongyang, January 19 (KCNA) — Nuclear-phobia by the nuclear force of the DPRK has now caused a tragicomedy in the U.S.

On January 16 a meteor fell from the sky between Ohio and Michigan with a great bang, brightening the sky.

This sparked off the explosive postage of stories about the “fireball in the nocturnal sky” on the U.S. internet websites.

Internet users admitted that they worried the meteor in question could have been a nuclear bomb flown from north Korea.

A twitter user posted words that when meteor brightened the sky between Ohio and Michigan, all internet network users hoped that it would be a meteor, not north Korea’s missile.

Another twitter user wrote that it was sad to have taken the meteor as a bomb flown from north Korea and to have hurried the car in fear.

Lots of people were reported to have greatly worried about it, taking the meteor as an attack from north Korea.

A people said that it was greatly relieving that the meteor did not pass the sky last weekend when there was a misinformation about the flight of a nuclear bomb.

What was all the more irony was the fuss in Hawaii on January 13.

At 08:07 citizens and tourists on Hawaii received all at the same time the ballistic missile threat warning which urged them to evacuate as there was ballistic missile threat and which stressed that it was not just training.

The citizens and tourists in great disarray went busy evacuating amid the heightened fear and delusion of persecution about the nuclear force of the DPRK.

What is all the more ridiculous is that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission put it that the ballistic missile attack evacuation warning which threw the whole of Hawaii in a great chaos was caused by a mistake of a man who pressed the button during shift period.

The field repercussion is that it is quite natural that the whole state was thrown into fear as the citizens and tourists were fed the warning message as serious as the one warning of “imminent and actual drop of missile” which could be the most dreadful moment in life.

In recent days the U.S. forces in south Korea and their families were informed to leave south Korea by messages sent through hand phones or broadcasting means which made them get flurried in fear that a war may break out. In the U.S. people caught in extreme fear vied with each other to buy frozen foods, gas masks and goods for emergency use, indicative of the pain suffered by the Americans stricken by war-phobia.

The consecutive fuss in the U.S. and fear caused by even the natural phenomenon being mistaken as a rocket from the DPRK are the natural outcome of the acts done by the U.S. itself.

North Korea Abruptly Cancels Trip to Prepare for Olympics: Now Reschedules

This photo, provided by South Korea’s unification ministry on Jan. 15, 2018, shows Hyon Song-wol, the leader of the all-female Moranbong Band, attending inter-Korean talks on the North’s plan to send an art troupe to the South during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Yonhap)

UPDATE: NK has now rescheduled and the visit to South Korea is back on.

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Yonhap) — South Korea on Saturday demanded North Korea explain the abrupt canceling of a visit by its team in preparing for performances during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next month in the South.

“We sent a document (to the North) at around 11:20 a.m. via the Panmunjom communications channel demanding an explanation for the North’s cancellation to dispatch its cultural advance inspection team,” Unification Minister Cho Myung-gyon said in a press briefing at the ministry.

The minister’s remarks came as the North notified the South late Friday that it will suspend the seven-member team’s trip originally slated for earlier Saturday to check the venues for its proposed art performances in the South.

The two-day trip was originally arranged after Pyongyang said it would send a team led by Hyon Song-wol, leader of the North’s all-female Moranbong Band. The band was created by order of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in July 2012 and features Western-style music and outfits.

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In working-level talks with the South held Monday, North Korea agreed to send a 140-member art troupe, consisting of an orchestra, singers and dancers, for concerts in Seoul and Gangnueng, 260 kilometers east of the capital, during next month’s Winter Olympics.

North Korea to participate in four sports at PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Photo:In figure skating, the pair of Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik appears to be the logical choice for the North. They qualified for an Olympic spot last September but missed an Oct. 30 deadline to confirm their participation.  

2018/01/18 14:02

Lee Hee-beom, head of the organizing committee for PyeongChang 2018, said North Korea will send athletes in pair figure skating, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and women’s ice hockey.

Lee said the agreement was reached during working-level inter-Korean talks on Wednesday. But he declined to disclose the number of North Korean athletes as agreed on by the two sides because the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will have the final say on the matter.

In this file photo from Dec. 27, 2017, Lee Hee-beom, head of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics organizing committee, speaks during the opening ceremony of a promotional center for the games at KEB Hana Bank's headquarters in Seoul. (Yonhap)In this file Photo from Dec. 27, 2017, Lee Hee-beom, head of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics organizing committee, speaks during the opening ceremony of a promotional center for the games at KEB Hana Bank’s headquarters in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Lee left for the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, where IOC President Thomas Bach will chair a meeting Saturday on North Korea’s participation. The occasion is formally titled the “North and South Korean Olympic Participation Meeting,” and will include Lee, heads of the national Olympic committees for the two Koreas and IOC members from both nations.

“Basically, the IOC is the one that invites countries to the Olympics,” Lee told reporters at Incheon International Airport. “And the agreement between South and North Korea must follow the IOC’s standards.”

In figure skating, the pair of Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik appears to be the logical choice for the North. They qualified for an Olympic spot last September but missed an Oct. 30 deadline to confirm their participation. The International Skating Union (ISU) has noted that Ryom and Kim have “met all the necessary technical requirements” to skate in the Olympics.

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In women’s hockey, the Koreas have agreed on a joint team. The exact size of the roster will be determined at the upcoming IOC meeting, but the Korea Ice Hockey Association (KIHA) announced a 23-player roster, pending changes.

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Earlier on Thursday, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said in a lecture at a university that the two Koreas have agreed to add “five to six” North Korean players to the current South Korean team.

The Koreas have competed as one nation at the world table tennis championships and world under-20 football championships but never at the Olympics.

Also during Wednesday’s talks, the Koreas agreed to march together under the Korea Unification Flag at the opening ceremony on Feb. 9. It will be their 10th joint march at an international multi-sport competition and their first in 11 years.

The IOC will try to finalize protocols related to North Korea’s participation, such as the country’s flag, uniform and anthem.

Lee is part of a delegation that also includes Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan, Korean Sport & Olympic Committee President Lee Kee-heung and IOC member Ryu Seung-min.

Heinous war maniacs Bush & Obama will meet deaths on gibbet: North Korea Rhetoric Hasn’t Changed

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Bush and Obama Termed Top-Class War Criminals in 21st Century

Rodong News Team
2016.08.17

Ri Song Gun, a researcher at the Institute of American and African Studies under the DPRK Institute of International Studies, released an article titled “Departed souls of scaffold are calling Bush and Obama.”

The article referred to the recent opening of a report in the UK that the UK’s involvement in the U.S.-led Iraqi war in 2003 was unreasonable and illegal.

The article noted the claim ringing out among the political, media and other circles of Britain that Blair should make an apology for the UK’s involvement in the Iraqi war and be taken to international war criminal court.

The article said:

The prime minister of a country recklessly followed the U.S., talking about what he called “special relations” with it, contrary to the public mindset at home. So, he deserves an ill fame as a war criminal.

In the light of his sins, Blair can be called a war criminal that blindly followed others, whereas Bush, the chief architect of the Iraqi war, a top-class war criminal more hideous than Blair.

Obama, who caused such political mayhem and bloodshed like “Arab spring” and openly interfered in the internal affairs of Libya, Yemen, Syria and other sovereign states by force only to turn the “war on terrorism” into an endless one, far from making an apology for his predecessor’s massacre of more than one million of innocent peaceable citizens in Iraq only, is also a thrice-cursed top class war criminal putting Bush in the shade.

War criminals deserve merciless punishment.

The fate of Hitler, Mussolini and Tozyo who brought unheard-of disasters to humankind eloquently proves it.

The day when heinous war maniacs Bush and Obama will meet deaths on gibbet is not a long way off.

Departed soul of the fascist war criminals who plunged into the cesspool of history 70 odd years ago is calling Bush and Obama, top-class war criminals in the 21st century.

Tongue may bring calamity & miswritten pen may become a sword beheading oneself, North Korea Warns Media

Illustration courtesy Yonhap News.

Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) — Kim Chol Guk, department director of the Central Committee of the Journalists Union of Korea, issued a commentary titled “Misguided Media May Ruin Big Event” on Monday.
The conservative media of south Korea obsessed by the conception of confrontation with the fellow countrymen are misleading the public opinion, while describing the DPRK’s proposal and sincere efforts for north-south dialogue as “double-dealing tactics”. They even admonished the authorities to be vigilant against “the north’s trick to impair the south Korea-U.S. alliance”.

Even novices ignorant of the DPRK called the DPRK’s dispatch of a cheer group and artists’ group the one “aimed to use the Olympics as a promotion ground” and did not hesitate to say that north-south high-ranking talks are to “evade sanctions”.

Such despicable acts of the conservative media keen on finding out things accusing their fellow countrymen are a deliberate deed of chilling the atmosphere for improved north-south ties welcomed by the world, the commentary says, and goes on:

Because of the conservative media keen on reeling off all sorts of vituperation against the fellow countrymen even before the north-south relations make a good start to depart from their frozen state, the “peace Olympics” so much advertised by the south Korean authorities may turn into “confrontation Olympics”.

Tongue may bring calamity and miswritten pen may become a sword beheading oneself.

They should know that they may mess up the great event of the nation should they get on the nerves of the dialogue partner and wag their tongue and writing brush at will.

If the present situation turns into the freezing state which is not wished for by anyone, the blame will entirely rest with those who made fun of and went against the active proposal and efforts made by the DPRK for the improvement of the north-south ties.

The south Korean authorities may find the wedding ceremony turning into a mourning ceremony if they fail to hold tight control of media and of their own tongue.

World Media Praise Kim Jong Un as Ideal State Leader, NK State Media

This photo released by KCNA shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addressing the Conference of Cell Chairpersons of the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang on Dec. 23, 2017.

Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) — Media of the United States and other countries have praised respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un‘s outstanding personality at a time when his historic New Year Address evokes a lively response worldwide.

Many media of the world are lavishing praises on him as a popular statesman with warm tenderness, the leader remarkably increasing the strength of the DPRK and the young leader who put the U.S. on the defensive through successive blows, despising it.

The U.S. internet news NK NEWS and magazine Newsweek said the New Year Address of Kim Jong Un was full of confidence and that he is respected and revered by the people.

The Indian paper Ocean News Point, the Iranian Ilna and other media praised him as the most ideal state leader in the present times with good character and qualifications, a popular statesman with noble benevolence and outlook on the people and a leader strong in faith, guts and independent stand.

The East Siberian Publishing House in Irkutsk Region, Russia in a special article posted on its internet homepage said he is the youngest state leader in the present world, adding:

The character of leader Kim Jong Un draws attention of the international community.

His quality is to do everything at a go and with a blitz.

His spirit “At a go” is not merely the youthful strength and enthusiasm and a graph of acceleration, but the spirit of brave charge–doing ten years’ work in one year, regardless of ready-made formulas and theories.

His spirit is the spirit of successive offensive, not remaining complacent with successes.

The DPRK, which has already emerged a politico-ideological power and military power, is advancing to be a sci-tech power, economic power, civilized power and sports power. From this the international community highly admires the spirit of successive offensive of leader Kim Jong Un.

He has super-powerful spirit jolting the world.

Patrioti Moskva, DPRK Today and other internet homepages of Russia and its internet magazine Lemchich said that the successes of great leap of the DPRK in the building of a powerful socialist country in 2017 proved that no force could block the Korean army and people advancing by dint of self-reliance and self-development, united close around Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

The Bangladeshi paper The Daily Folk said: The DPRK has already emerged a world-level military power equipped with latest strategic means and H-bomb. Promising is the future of the DPRK which will advance into the world arena as a richer and more powerful entity under the guidance of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

Witnessing the world-starling events in the DPRK and the situation of the Korean Peninsula in recent years, the world came to clearly know that the steady victories of the DPRK are ascribable to its great leader and believes that the DPRK will emerge victorious for all ages.

High is the spirit of the Korean people vigorously advancing toward fresh victories, rallied close around the great leader who is deeply revered by the whole world.