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Source: North Korea executes top military official

The execution of General Ri Yong-gil would mean that Kim Jong Un has now ordered the execution of more subordinates than his father did. CNN’s Brian Todd reports.
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Kim Jong Un, the ruling bourgeois scumbag in North Korea,  slaughters proletarian revolutionaries to make room for his  precious
CIA agents who will soon have complete  control of North  Korea.
Rogozin: Ukraine Could Have Sold Missile Engines Directly to North Korea
| August 16, 2017 | 8:41 pm | DPRK, Ukraine | No comments
People walk in front of a monitor showing news of North Korea's fresh threat in Tokyo, Japan, August 10, 2017.

Rogozin: Ukraine Could Have Sold Missile Engines Directly to North Korea

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday it is possible that either details about Ukrainian missile engine technologies were leaked to North Korea or Kiev sold the engines to Pyongyang directly.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The New York Times published an article on Monday suggesting that Pyongyang may be using a modified RD-250 high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) for its latest missile. According to a study by Michael Elleman, which was quoted in the story, such engines used to be developed at Ukraine’s state-owned Yuzhmash and Russia’s Energomash companies. Elleman said as quoted the engines for North Korean missiles likely came from Ukraine, and probably by illicit means.

“There was either a leak of information, or a direct sale of the engines. It would have been difficult [to produce engines] without experts, who should be on the site and organize the production,” Rogozin told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

Yuzhmash, as well as the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU), has denied any involvement in North Korea’s space or defense-related missile programs. The aerospace manufacturer also pointed out that it had produced neither missiles nor missile systems since Ukraine became an independent state after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov also said Monday that Ukraine’s defense and aerospace companies did not supply any weapons or military technologies to North Korea.

North Korea has carried out a number of missile tests within the recent months, which have prompted international criticism, resulted in new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council and caused an escalation of the situation in the region.

Ukrainian PM Says Transfers of Missile Technology to North Korea ‘Impossible’
| August 15, 2017 | 9:43 pm | DPRK, Ukraine | No comments
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Ukrainian PM Says Transfers of Missile Technology to North Korea ‘Impossible’

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman denied on Tuesday reports suggesting a possible transfer of Ukraine’s military technologies for ballistic missiles to North Korea.

KIEV (Sputnik) — The New York Times newspaper reported on Monday that Pyongyang could be using for a modified RD-250 high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) its latest missiles, the kind that used to be developed at Ukraine’s state-owned Yuzhmash and Russia’s Energomash company.

The article, citing classified assessments by US intelligence agencies and a study by Michael Elleman, senior fellow for missile defense with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank, read that the engines for North Korean missiles likely came from Ukraine, “probably illicitly.”

“Regarding a scandal with Yuzhmash, this is a clear provocation against Ukraine. This is nonsense and something like this is impossible. I rely on the statements by Yuzhmash and the National Security and Defense Council,” Groysman said on Twitter.

Yuzhmash on Monday denied any involvement in North Korea’s space or defense-related missile programs. The plant also pointed out that it had produced neither missiles nor missile systems since Ukraine became an independent state after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, whereas its only exported serially-produced engine was designed for use in space and was not suitable for ballistic missiles.

Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov also said on Monday that Ukraine defense and aerospace companies did not supply any weapons or military technologies to North Korea.

The IISS on its part said its report did not suggest that the government in Kiev or Yuzhmash leadership executives were involved in this affair. Alexander Degtyarev, the general designer at Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye State Design Office, said that some country might have been able to copy the designs of missile engines developed in Ukraine.

KKE: Denounces Trump’s provocative threats, expresses solidarity with the Venezuelan people

Monday, August 14, 2017

KKE: Denounces Trump’s provocative threats, expresses solidarity with the Venezuelan people
Regarding the provocative threats of U.S. President Donald Trump against Venezuela, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece issued the following statement:
“The KKE denounces the provocative threats of the president of the USA Donald Trump about the capability of a military attack against Venezuela. It (the KKE) expresses its internationalist solidarity to the working class and the popular strata of Venezuela. The developments in this country is a matter of her people, who are the only power that can give solution to the sharpened problems in the country, towards the road of overthrow and abolition of the basis which creates unemployment, poverty, the capitalist exploitation.
The threats against Venezuela, as well as the threats against North Korea, are very dangerous, they are connected to the sharpening of the inter-imperialist contraditions and the known imperialist practice of creating and using pretexts, like the USA did with their other allies, in the previous wars and interventions.
The interests of our people, as well as of the other peoples, highlight the need for the intensification of the struggle against imperialist threats, interventions and wars.
The power is in the antimonopoly anticapitalist struggle for the overthrow of the capitalist barbarity, for the new socialist society.”
Source: / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
Trump Relishes Annihilation Like a Hors D’Oeuvre
| August 9, 2017 | 8:23 pm | Analysis, Donald Trump, DPRK | 1 Comment
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Trump Relishes Annihilation Like a Hors D’Oeuvre

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It really is saying something when US President Trump’s latest threat against North Korea draws a rebuke from John McCain – America’s most hawkish lawmaker.

McCain said Trump’s comments about striking North Korea with “fire and fury” were not helpful in the current spiral of tensions.

Other members of the US Congress deplored Trump’s reckless rhetoric, even comparing the president to the North Korean leader Kim Jungun, who is commonly regarded as “a nut-job” by American politicians and media.That comparison is saying something about Donald Trump’s own state of mind.

Speaking before dinner this week at this private golf club in New Jersey, Trump warned North Korea that the country would “face fire and fury, the like of which the world has never seen before”. Such words coming on the 72nd anniversary of the US dropping two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki — killing over 200,000 people — are grotesque.

Do American political leaders have no shame about the past criminal deeds of their country? Speaking about ordering genocide as if it’s like ordering a hors d’oeuvre.

Even in the gung-ho political culture of the United States, Trump’s casual belligerence and threat of annihilation caused a shock among some politicians and media. One lawmaker, New York Representative Eliot Engel, called Trump’s rhetoric “unhinged”.The alarm is well founded. Given numerous threats already from the US that it is prepared to use pre-emptive military force against North Korea, the words from Trump implying a catastrophic attack worse than the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are indeed criminally reckless.

North Korea quickly responded that it was ready to carry out a pre-emptive attack on the US airbase on the Pacific island of Guam, which would “envelope it in fire”. Pyongyang uses this kind of melodramatic rhetoric all the time, regularly threatening to turn the US and its allies in South Korea and Japan into “a sea of fire”.

But now, even more alarmingly, we have the American Commander-in-Chief indulging in a treacherous spiral of warmongering threats, where one misstep, one misunderstanding, could launch a nuclear war in the region.

Russia and China have both called for calm and for dialogue to resolve the long-running conflict on the Korean Peninsula, which has seen recurring tensions ever since the end of the Korean War in 1953.However, Russia and China bear a measure of responsibility for the latest flare-up. Both countries supported US calls last weekend to pile on more economic sanctions against North Korea, when they voted unanimously at the Security Council. Those sanctions were imposed in response to North Korea’s defiance of previous resolutions banning the testing of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads. Last month, North Korea launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which many analysts believe are capable of hitting the US mainland.

But by piling on more sanctions against North Korea, the move has inevitably inflamed tensions.

Pyongyang denounced the latest round of sanctions as an outrageous violation of its sovereignty and its right to develop military self-defenses. After all, it points out, the US has thousands of nuclear weapons capable of hitting North Korea. Washington has also installed this year a new missile system, the THAAD, in South Korea, which gives it a first strike advantage.

Moreover, the latest sanctions signed off at the UN last weekend are, on the face of it, deeply punishing against the North Korean economy and its populace. The nation’s top exports of coal, minerals and seafood are to be banned, which would axe its already paltry export revenue by one-third, going from $3 billion to $2 billion a year.Given the array of American offensive military forces, the repeated verbal threats of “all options on the table” and now the latest ratcheting up of sanctions, is it any wonder North Korea perceives an existential danger? Then we have Trump making shockingly grotesque comments about the prospect of ordering an annihilation right on the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while he is about to have dinner with his wife.

Russia and China made a huge mistake in backing more US-led sanctions against North Korea last weekend. That move has only escalated tensions and has emboldened the Americans in their incorrigibly aggressive mentality.

Moscow and Beijing, more than anyone else, should know that sanctions are a counterproductive policy. They are a weapon of war-making and a baleful substitute for diplomacy.

In the case of Korea’s historic conflict, the only solution is to recognize that America is part of the problem. Ever since the end of the Korean War, the perennial presence of American military forces on the peninsula is a never-ending source of conflict.Russia and China are right to insist on immediate all-party talks for the region, involving the two Koreas. But slapping sanctions on one side is wrong, especially given the ongoing war threats issued by the US. Only days ago, the US flew nuclear-capable B-1 bombers from Guam over the Korean Peninsula. Why should North Korea, the region and the world for that matter accept such American aggression with impunity?

Russia and China have a crucial role to play in order to make the US come to its senses and scale back from a catastrophic war. But given the American hubris and self-righteousness to wage criminal wars, and given the twittery state of mind of its Commander-in-Chief, the task of making the US behave like a normal law-abiding nation is foreboding.

It’s not North Korea that needs to be sanctioned. It is the world’s biggest rogue state, the USA, that should be sanctioned and prosecuted many times over. Until it reserves the right to unilaterally threaten and attack any nation, including with the use of dropping of atomic bombs on civilian centers, the world will always be in grave peril. Joining US calls for sanctions on North Korea is like feeding a monster.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

Trump the Warmonger: U.S. imperialists escalate provocations against North Korea
| August 9, 2017 | 7:50 pm | Donald Trump, DPRK, Imperialism | 1 Comment

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trump the Warmonger: U.S. imperialists escalate provocations against North Korea

In a move that escalates the dangerous situation in the Korean peninsula, U.S. President Donald Trump added fuel to the fire on Tuesday, cautioning North Korea that they “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

The tensions between the US and North Korea were exacerbated by the adoption of a new round of sanctions by the UN Security Council last week. Apart from trading verbal punches, both parties are flexing military muscle as well. In response to two test-fires of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) by North Korea last month, the US and South Korea repeatedly fired surface-to-surface missiles into neutral waters close to North Korea.
Responding to the threats by President Trump, a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) commented, among other things, in an statement: 
“Timed to coincide with the fabrication of the heinous “sanctions resolution” against the DPRK at the UN, the U.S. war-thirsty forces are engrossed in war hysteria without discretion. […] All these military actions being conducted in the ground, sea and air clearly go to prove that the nuclear war hysteria of the U.S. authorities including Trump has reached an extremely reckless and rash phase for an actual war after crossing the red line. Under the prevailing grave situation, the General Staff of the KPA clarifies at home and abroad its resolute stand as follows to mercilessly smash all sorts of military provocation, being planned by the U.S. imperialist warmongers, with the inexhaustible military might of the powerful revolutionary Paektusan army which has so far been built”
“War is by no means a game”, pointed out the KPA spokeman and underlined that “the U.S. has gone hysteric, being quite unaware of the army and people of the DPRK”.
According to the KCNA news agency, Pyongyang is “carefully examining the operation plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range ballistic rocket Hwasong-12″.
The government of the United States of America is responsible for the dangerous escalation of the situation. The Trump administration not only continues threatening the DPRK, but does everything in order to limit any options for peaceful resolution. Another characteristic example is the U.S. travel ban to North Korea (effective from September 1st), which shows that Washington is heading down the road of military tension and conflict escalation. 

With info from: Reuters/KCNA/RT.

KCNA Commentary: DPRK Will Never Step Back from Road of Justice.

Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) — The U.S. and other hostile forces, taken aback by the powerful might of the DPRK’s nuclear force, challenged it through the harshest sanctions and pressure and provocative moves.

On August 6, the U.S. framed up “sanctions resolution” 2371 by abusing the name of the UNSC, branding the DPRK’s ICBM test-launch as a “threat to global peace and security.” Meanwhile, it is running amuck, uttering imprudent remarks for military option against the DPRK.
This is a wanton violation of the sovereignty of the DPRK and another provocation to it as it is a product of the U.S. heinous hostile policy toward the DPRK to stifle the ideology, social system and people in the DPRK.
The U.S. is the sworn enemy of the Korean nation as it has incurred the bitter grudge upon the nation hard to be settled through centuries.
From long ago, the U.S. regarded invasion of Korea, gate to the Asian continent, as the important key for implementing the strategy for world domination. It artificially divided Korea, which is neither a war criminal nor the defeated in the Second World War, and unhesitatingly committed the most monstrous crimes unprecedented in history.
The U.S., from its gangster-like nature not to allow the existence of the DPRK, has cooked up a lot of illegal anti-DPRK “sanctions resolutions” and increased them while resorting to the nuclear threats and blackmail to it.
It is the instinct of human being to protect himself or herself from the attack of brutes and it is a righteous step to defend the safety of each nation and security of its country from the aggression of outsiders.
The DPRK took the option of having access to the strongest nuclear force to defend its sovereignty and the right to existence of the nation from the highhanded and arbitrary practices of the U.S.
By taking the option the DPRK declared an end to the gangster-like logic and Yankee-style way of existence that all the countries on the earth should be colonies serving the U.S. interests or fall victim to the U.S.
Now standing before the “only superpower in the world” are the heroic people of Juche Korea, who created the legendary war victory by shattering the myth of “mightiness” of the U.S. imperialists with rifles 60 odd years ago. Today they have the most powerful strategic weapons, Juche weapons with the U.S. mainland in their striking range.
It is a foolish calculation for the U.S. to think that its mainland would be safe across the ocean.
The more “sanctions resolutions” aimed at depriving the DPRK of its sovereignty and rights to existence and development would only stir up the hatred of the Korean army and people toward the gangster-like U.S. and harden their will to retaliate against it thousand times.
The way out for the DPRK is to bolster up the state nuclear force, and the DPRK will never step back even an inch from the road of justice chosen by itself, no matter what others may say. 
Trump Warns DPRK with ‘Fire and Fury’
| August 8, 2017 | 8:35 pm | Donald Trump, DPRK, Iran, political struggle, Russia | No comments

Trump Warns DPRK with ‘Fire and Fury’

  • Trump cautioned "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States" during his 17-day "working vacation."

    Trump cautioned “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States” during his 17-day “working vacation.” | Photo: Reuters

Published 8 August 2017 (2 hours 58 minutes ago)

Trump cautioned “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.”

U.S. President Donald Trump has warned the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK, with “fire and fury” if the country continues to threaten the United States.

DPRK Calls New UN Sanctions ‘Infringement on Sovereignty’

Trump cautioned “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States” during his 17-day “working vacation” at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Trump said the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has “been very threatening beyond a normal state” and “will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

The comment follows a Washington Post’s report that stated that DPRK has successfully created a miniaturized nuclear war head, “crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.”

Trump’s threatening comments, however, have been rebuffed by Republicans. Senator McCain said Tump’s posture could accelerate a “serious confrontation” with DPRK.

“I take exceptions to the president’s comments because you got to be sure that you do what you say you’re going to do. In other words, the old walk softly but carry a stick, Teddy Roosevelt’s saying, which I think is something that should’ve applied because all it’s going to do is bring us closer to a serious confrontation. I think this is very, very, very serious,” he told a local Arizona radio.

DPRK Responds to Travel Ban: Invites US Citizens to ‘See Reality with their own Eyes’

The intimidated DPRK’s neighbors, in the meanwhile, are preparing their own line of defense.

Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s new defense minister, said Friday,”North Korea’s missile launches have escalated tensions, both in terms of quality and quantity.”

“I would like to study if our current missile defense is sufficient,” Onodera added.

According to New York Times, a military policy review published by the Japanese government on Tuesday is also focussing on the threat from North Korea. Some of the over 12 missile tests by the DPRK this year splashed into waters close to Japan.

“North Korea’s development of ballistic missiles and its nuclear program are becoming increasingly real and imminent problems for the Asia-Pacific region including Japan, as well as the rest of the world,” the government in Tokyo said in its annual defense white paper, the New York Times reported.

South Korea too is working to build its monitoring and striking abilities, along with the radars and remote-controlled reconnaissance planes to track and neutralize North Korean missiles in pre-emptive attacks.

The U.S. has over 37,500 troops on the imposed border between north and south Korea, which was one country before the U.S. war on the peninsula from 1950-1954 that left the people of Korea divided. The U.S. and South Korean armed forces also conduct war games off the coast of the region on a regular basis.

A Pentagon study released in May bemoaned the “fraying” and “collapsing” U.S. Empire, recounting how competing powers Russia and China, along with others like Iran and North Korea, have played a major role in removing the U.S. from its position of global “pre-eminence” and that the U.S. “can no longer count on the unassailable position of dominance, supremacy, or pre-eminence it enjoyed for the 20-plus years after the fall of the Soviet Union.”