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Well, it’s bigger than a bottle rocket, but not much bigger than the little dictator Kim Jung Un himself.
I’m talking about the North Korean Scud missile launched yesterday.
It landed in the Sea of Japan, short of Japan, but endangering shipping and air traffic.
North Korea has launched a short-range ballistic missile which flew around 450 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, some 300 km off the Japanese islands. Tokyo and Seoul strongly condemned Pyongyang’s move, the latest in a series of recent missile tests.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Pyongyang launched at least one projectile in the eastern direction from Wonsan, Gangwon Province at dawn.
“It is estimated to be a Scud type [missile],” the JCS said, adding, that the projectile flew about 450 kilometers. “The president was immediately notified of the situation, and the president ordered the NSC Standing Committee at 7:30 am.”
“So far, the assessment is there was at least one missile but we are analyzing the number of missiles,” JCS spokesman Roh Jae-cheon said, adding, the missile reached an altitude of 120 km (75 miles).
US President Donald Trump has also been briefed about the launch, according to a White House official. The missile was tracked by the US military for six minutes, Pacific Command said, confirming that the projectile landed in the Sea of Japan. The US military said it did not pose a threat to North America.
Sputnik News reports that U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has responded to the news by stating a grim reality.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Sunday that possible war with North Korea would be a disaster affecting all the nearby countries in the region, including China and Russia. He stressed that the fact that Pyongyang possesses “hundreds of artillery cannons and rocket launchers” within range of South Korean capital of Seoul would make the potential conflict particularly dangerous.
Obviously, if your rule were threatened by the world’s greatest military might you would at least think about sabre rattling to keep the enemy at bay.
King Jong Un, as I’ve said before, is probably just a figurehead. The reality is that a group of generals actually rule North Korea. Kim is just a face that serves a useful purpose for the true rulers.
You have to guess that the West is paying off some traitors inside North Korea to try to effect some regime change in order to install an new ruler who will do exactly as the U.S. wants. That must be some real cat and mouse game that’s being played out, never to be seen by the public.
There’s no word from law enforcement or the news media whether the Turkish passenger who tried to force his way into the cockpit of an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii is in the United States legally.
Whatever his immigration status, he must be deported after serving his sentence because of the threat to public safety. Once back in Turkey, he must also be blocked from traveling to Europe, Australia, or New Zealand.
The US military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu International Airport after a disturbance involving a Turkish passenger aboard the plane was reported, officials said.
The nature of the fracas was not immediately disclosed by the FBI, the military or American Airlines, but local news media reported that a passenger had tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound Flight 31 from Los Angeles.
The man was subdued by an off-duty law enforcement officer and others aboard the aircraft, and the flight landed safely at 11.35am Hawaii time, officials said. No injuries were reported.
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A Federal Bureau of Investigation agent told reporters in Honolulu that the Turkish passenger had earlier been involved in security breach at Los Angeles international airport (LAX).
Federal authorities were preparing a criminal complaint to charge Anil Uskanil, 25, with interference with a flight crew, FBI special-agent-in charge Paul Delacourt said at a Honolulu airport news conference.
LAX airport police said separately that Uskanil had been detained, questioned and released hours earlier after he was caught by security there going through a terminal concourse door leading out to the airfield.
Los Angeles airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said Uskanil was a ticketed American Airlines passenger with a boarding pass who had cleared security screening but claimed that he lost his way because he was tipsy from drinking.
As he did not appear to meet the criteria for public drunkenness, police let him go with a citation for misdemeanor trespassing. He was escorted to the street in front of the terminal when released, Pedregon said.
Because the LAX incident occurred at about 2.45am Pacific time, nearly three hours before the first flights of the day, he would have had ample time to get through security again and catch a plane to Hawaii as scheduled.
Pedregon said it is not unusual for LAX passengers to mistakenly go through an unauthorized exit door at the terminal.
American Airlines said its Honolulu-bound flight, an Airbus A321, was carrying 181 passengers and six crew members.
One passenger who spoke to HawaiiNewsNow said a first-class flight attendant deserved much of the credit for preventing the suspect from reaching the cockpit.
“I would just never want to go against her. She was tasked with keeping him out of there, and she did a great job,” Lee Lorenzen said.
The incident prompted Pacific Command to dispatch a pair of F-22 fighter jets to intercept the passenger plane.
“The F-22s escorted the airliner to the airport in accordance with homeland defense procedures. Local law enforcement responded once the civilian airliner was on the ground,” said Commander Dave Benham.
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This story broke about a half hour ago. The situation is fluid and subject to change. The important thing to bear in mind is that the liberal/progressive/Communist police state in Berkeley wants Ann not to speak. If she does speak, some of them would like her dead, which poses problems for law enforcement.
By this point in time, the Berkeley police have had plenty of time to infiltrate the violent criminal thug groups that call themselves the antifa. If a pro-white group were as violent, all its leaders would be under arrest and charged with hate crimes.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter will give a speech at a public plaza at the University of California at Berkeley on Thursday, sparking concerns about massive protests causing safety hazards.
Coulter will speak at Sproul Plaza, the legendary site of the 1960s Free Speech Movements, an area that is open to the public.
UC Berkeley’s chancellor Nicholas Dirks told the Washington Post the school is worried about not being able to screen attendees for weapons.
If the event were inside, the university could use metal detectors and otherwise search for weapons, Dirks said.
“In an open space, you have almost no control over that,” he added, according to the Post report. “The challenges are immense.”
The Post report indicated the school is readying police for the event.
Coulter has repeatedly insisted she will speak on Thursday, despite Berkeley initially canceling the event over safety concerns. Berkeley attempted to move the event date until May 2, but Coulter rejected the proposed change.
“Nice day for an outdoor speech at Berkeley,” Coulter tweeted Monday, sharing a Thursday weather report for the area.
On Monday, the students who initially invited Coulter to speak filed a lawsuit against the school.
The suit accuses “university administrators and campus police” of “repressive actions” to stifle free speech.
Berkeley’s concerns for safety follows massive protests that erupted on campus in February, after the same College Republicans group that invited Coulter brought right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the university.
A Berkeley student who is a member of the student groups that invited Coulter told the Post that he shares the school’s concerns for safety, and they are hoping to find an off-campus space for the talk.
He said Coulter has still insisted she will speak at the public plaza.
“We’re worried about it turning into a huge battle between her security and conservative militia and anti-fascists and others,” student Pranav Jandhyala told the Post. “To have that right in middle of Sproul doesn’t bode well for the image of our school or the city. We’re worried about violence and student safety and our own safety as well. It’s a huge safety concern.”
While I was putting together this post, Breitbart broke the news that the Young Americans for Freedom are pulling out of the Ann Coulter event due to the extreme danger. YAF blames a university administration hostile to free speech for their action. I believe we might call their action cowardly.
North Korea showed off its Fukkukson-2 yesterday. Information is sketchy right now, but it’s a propaganda coup for the North given the rise in tensions in the region.
North Korea displayed its submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) for the first time on Saturday ahead of a massive military parade in the capital, Pyongyang.
North Korea warned the United States on Saturday to end its “military hysteria” or face retaliation as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father.
State TV showed images of the Pukkuksong-2 SLBMs on trucks waiting to be paraded in front of leader Kim Jong Un.
CNBC’s earlier report published on Wednesday offered an assessment of the dangers to the U.S. of Kim’s submarine fleet.
The chilling thought of North Korea’s fully submersible submarines firing a nuclear ballistic missile isn’t as far-fetched as some might think. Pyongyang has made major advances in weapons in recent years and shown a willingness to use its submarines for offensive military actions.
Indeed, last month was the seventh anniversary of the sinking of South Korea’s Cheonan navy ship by a North Korean submarine torpedo attack. That aggression killed 46 sailors and wasn’t the first time the reclusive North had made incursions into South Korean waters.
The submarine threat adds to growing fears in the region as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons ambitions show no signs of slowing. It also comes as a U.S. carrier strike force led by the USS Carl Vinson sailed toward the Korean Peninsula.
“Growing fears” is the key word in this story. North Korean Communism is a family dictatorship that seeks to maintain itself in power in a world hostile to that leadership. It’s only speculation, but it doesn’t seem likely that “regime change” will be as easy in the North as it was in Libya or Iraq.
Where it ends no one can say for sure.
The United States may unleash bombs in North Korea aimed at the country’s nuclear weapons test facility.
This breaking news may be a psy op designed to send a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he must stop making nukes. Or it may be a leak of actual American military plans. No one outside the small White House circle of advisors and the top miltitary brass can say for sure.
Equally true is no one knows for sure what Kim will do in response. Will he fire weapons at Seoul, South Korea, just over the border. Will he fire a nuclear tipped missile at Japan?
President Donald Trump is playing a game of nuclear chicken the likes of which has not been seen since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
Within the framework of developments in Korea, the use of the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan today was clearly intended to strike fear into the heart of Kim and his generals.
China and Russia are the wildcards, as explained in this analytic piece by NBC News.
The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
North Korea has warned that a “big event” is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend.
The intelligence officials told NBC News that the U.S. has positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region, one just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site.
American heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam to attack North Korea should it be necessary, and earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being diverted to the area.
The U.S. strike could include missiles and bombs, cyber and special operations on the ground.