Jimmy Carter: “I know what North Korea wants.”

Former American president Jimmy Carter doesn’t have a particularly stellar record in conducting foreign policy. He seems to be unable to break out of his Christian mindset long enough to recognize that there’s evil in the world that has to be dealt with harshly.

Since he’s offering advice about what to do with North Korea, let me briefly summarize my theory. Kim Jong Un is a CIA agent, constantly stirring up trouble in order to justify the huge American military presence in the Far East. I like to think of Kim as an actor playing a role in a Bond movie. If Kim did not exist, we’d have to create him. He’s great for the military-industrial complex budget.

Getting back to Carter, he claims the U.S. is an oligarchy, which there’s plenty of evidence to believe is true. However, Carter won’t name the (((oligarchs.))) As a Christian, he must believe they are God’s chosen people and that lightening would strike him dead if he said something bad about the tribe.

Zerohedge

Former US President Jimmy Carter repeated his assertion that the US works more like an “oligarchy than a democracy,” while also lambasting Trump’s “hopeless” approach to the increasing tensions with North Korea.

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The former president was speaking at a ‘Conversation with the Carters’ event at his Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday. AP reports that he said money in politics is what makes the US more like an oligarchy – run by a small group of rich people – rather than a democracy, repeating an allegation he has vociferously uttered for a few years [5].

“[Money in politics] violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.

Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for President or being elected President. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members.

So, now we’ve just seen a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.”

Carter was referring to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling to allow corporations to give unlimited campaign donations to political candidates, which he has previously said [6] was “the most stupid decision” the court had made.

But then the former President went to town on Trump and North Korea…

Carter said,

“The first thing I would do is treat the North Koreans with respect.”

“I know what the North Koreans want,” he said.

“What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing North Korea that the US will not attack them or hurt them in any way, unless they attack one of their neighbors.” Carter said,

“But the United States has refused to do that.”

Carter said he would send his top person to Pyongyang immediately, adding:

“If I didn’t go myself.” The former president visited North Korea three times between 1994 and 2011.

“Until we’re willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I don’t think we’ll make any progress,” he said.

This North Korean girl band video was posted in a Zerohedge comment. It doesn’t fit the propaganda we’ve been fed about the Norks.

Trump Praises Tough New U.N. Economic Sanctions on North Korea

KIM JONG UN MAY NOT BE SMILING ANYMORE.

Since previous sanctions have not prevented North Korea from testing missiles and nuclear bombs, there’s not much of a reason to expect that the new sanctions will achieve the desired result.

Furthermore, how much cash would the West be willing to pay Kim (and whoever is behind the scenes controlling him) if he would agree to stop the tests. He’s been paid before. Reasonable people would call it paying off a blackmailer.

But aside from all that, there’s the question of the American (((neocon))) policy makers desire for war with the North. Nothing seems to get done in the world today unless there’s a shekel or two for the Ashkenazim.

Sky News

The UN Security Council has unanimously backed a new resolution imposing fresh sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for its controversial nuclear programme.

Among the sweeping measures is an export ban aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1bn (£767m) in annual revenue – around a third of its export earnings.

Kim Jong Un’s regime will be banned from selling coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, fish and seafood.

It will also be prevented from increasing the number of workers it sends overseas – whose earnings are another source of revenue for the regime.

President Trump said the move would have a “very big financial impact” on the reclusive state.

He tweeted: “United Nations Resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea. Over one billion dollars in cost to N.K.”

The resolution will prohibit countries starting new joint ventures with the North and any fresh investment in current joint ventures.

Nine officials and the country’s main foreign exchange bank have also been added to the UN sanctions blacklist.

But there will not be the cuts to oil deliveries initially proposed by the US – a move which would have dealt a serious blow to the economy.

The Security Council has already imposed six rounds of sanctions that have failed to halt North Korea’s drive to improve its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons capabilities.

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said penalties against the regime have now been taken “to a whole new level” and the Security Council had put the leader “on notice”.

She said: “This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation.”

Meanwhile, UK ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, warned Kim Jong Un’s nuclear ambitions could be “catastrophic for the world”.

“North Korea bears full responsibility for the measures we have enacted,” he said.

“By acting in flagrant violation of its legal obligations, by going against the will of the Security Council expressed in countless resolutions, North Korea has chosen the path it now finds itself on.”

The US has been putting pressure on China, which accounts for 90% of the North’s trade, to enforce the sanctions.

The effectiveness of the new measures will be mostly down to whether Bejing cooperates.

Despite eventually backing the resolution, China and Russia had resisted the US clampdown – arguing dialogue with the North was the best way to persuade Pyongyang to halt its military ambitions.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he had urged his North Korean counterpart to abide by UN resolutions and end testing of missiles.

Claim: Pentagon Sources Reveal that Trump Will Attack North Korean Weapons Site “within the next year”

Here we go again with another Trump story coming from unnamed sources.

Let’s suppose that the president did say he intended to attack North Korea. This is the same president who makes statements for their strategic value and then says the reverse later. For example, during the election campaign he was going to put Hillary Clinton in jail. Then he invited her to the inauguration and called her good people.

One commenter at the Daily Mail, the publisher of this story, calls out Trump for sabre rattling. This time honored tactic is cheap. It doesn’t cost anything to signal future military aggressiveness. Likewise, Trump’s recent Tweet expressing discontent with China also costs the country nothing.

Daily Mail

Donald Trump is poised to order a military strike against North Korea ‘within the next year’ after the communist state said it had successfully fired a ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

Senior military sources in Washington DC told The Mail on Sunday that Pentagon officials have laid out plans to obliterate a nuclear weapons facility operating deep within a mountain in the rogue state.

The move, which could spark retaliation attacks from dictator Kim Jong-Un, would be a major step towards all-out war to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. It comes after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 6,500 miles on Friday night.

The Pentagon said the missile flew about 2,300 miles almost straight up before plunging into the sea off Japan about 620 miles from its launch site.

Experts in the US said the missile could have hit Chicago or even New York if it had been launched on a flatter trajectory.

Kim Jong-Un claimed the whole of the US could be hit ‘at any place and time’.

America responded with live firing exercises by US troops in South Korea yesterday. President Trump vowed to ‘take all necessary steps’ to ensure the security of the US and its allies.

Just to keep everyone confused, Bloomberg reports that China is betting that Trump will NOT attack the North.

China is betting that U.S. President Donald Trump won’t make good on his threats of a military strike against North Korea, with Beijing continuing to provide a lifeline to Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson singled out China and Russia as “economic enablers” of North Korea after Kim on Friday test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile for the second time in a matter of weeks. While Tillerson said the U.S. wants a peaceful resolution to the tensions, the top American general called his South Korean counterpart after the launch to discuss a potential military response.

China on Saturday condemned the latest test while calling for restraint from all parties, a muted reaction to Pyongyang’s progress on an ICBM capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. Despite Kim’s provocations, analysts said Beijing still sees the collapse of his regime as a more immediate strategic threat, and doubts Trump would pull the trigger given the risk of a war with North Korea that could kill millions.

“The military option the Americans are threatening won’t likely happen because the stakes will be too high,” said Liu Ming, director of the Korean Peninsula Research Center at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. “It’s a pretext and an excuse to pile up pressure on China. It’s more like blackmail than a realistic option.”

Relations between the world’s biggest economies have soured after an initial honeymoon between Trump and President Xi Jinping. The U.S. last month sanctioned a regional Chinese bank, a shipping company and two Chinese citizens over dealings with North Korea, which could be a precursor to greater economic and financial pressure on Beijing to rein in its errant neighbor.

Joint S. Korea and USA Military Drill Shows Off Firepower in Response to Nork ICBM Threat That Allegedly Puts the U.S. within Range

There has not been an issue concerning whether the North Koreans would continue to test missiles. They are going to keep on keeping on.

The true unknown is what the United States government is going to do about it.

One theory you may run across on the Internet has President Trump going to war with the North with General Mike Kelly, his new Chief of Staff, advising him.

It’s hard to see how a war on the North would not inflict major damage on the South.

There’s a lot that Trump can do short of war, as detailed in this CNN piece.

If we’re not being conned by the (((neocons))) the way we were conned about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, then economic and diplomatic pressure will surely be applied to the Communist regime.

The following story about yesterday’s missile test explains why Trump is concerned, along with others in the region.

Excerpt from the The Globe and Mail

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons.

The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 3,725 kilometres and travelled 998 kilometres before accurately landing in waters off Japan. The agency said that the test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a “large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead.”

Analysts had estimated that the North’s first ICBM on July 4 could have reached Alaska, and said that the latest missile appeared to extend that range significantly.

Immediately after the launch, U.S. and South Korean forces conducted live-fire exercises. South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo called for the deployment of strategic U.S. military assets — which usually means stealth bombers and aircraft carriers — as well as additional launchers of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile, launched late Friday night, flew for about 45 minutes — about five minutes longer than the first. The missile was launched on very high trajectory, which limited the distance it travelled, and landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.

The KCNA quoted Kim as saying that the launch reaffirmed the reliability of the country’s ICBM system and an ability to fire at “random regions and locations at random times” with the “entire” U.S. mainland now within range. The agency said that the test confirmed important features of the missile system, such as the proper separation of the warhead and controlling its movement and detonation after atmospheric re-entry.

Kim said the launch sent a “serious warning” to the United States, which has been “meaninglessly blowing its trumpet” with threats of war and stronger sanctions, the KCNA said.

The North Korean flight data was similar to assessments by the United States, South Korea and Japan.

David Wright, a physicist and co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that if reports of the missile’s maximum altitude and flight time are correct, it would have a theoretical range of at least 10,400 kilometres (about 6,500 miles). That means it could have reached Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago, depending on variables such as the size and weight of the warhead that would be carried atop such a missile in an actual attack.

President Donald Trump issued a statement condemning the missile test as a threat to the world, and rejecting North Korea’s claim that nuclear weapons ensure its security. “In reality, they have the opposite effect,” he said.

Trump said the weapons and tests “further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people.” He vowed to “take all necessary steps” to ensure the security of the U.S. and its allies.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said he told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call that the second missile test greatly increased the threat from Pyongyang. He said two sides agreed to consider all means necessary to exert the utmost pressure on North Korea. They reiterated calls for new sanctions and to work closely together with South Korea along with efforts by China and Russia.

China, meanwhile, urged its ally North Korea to abide by U.N. Security Council resolutions and halt any moves that could escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Washington and its allies have watched with growing concern as Pyongyang has made significant progress toward its goal of having all of the U.S. within range of its missiles to counter what it labels as U.S. aggression. There are other hurdles, including building nuclear warheads to fit on those missiles and ensuring reliability. But many analysts have been surprised by how quickly leader Kim Jong Un has developed North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs despite several rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country’s economy.

Trump has said he will not allow North Korea to obtain an ICBM that can deliver a nuclear warhead. But this week, the Defence Intelligence Agency reportedly concluded that the North will have a reliable ICBM capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as early as next year, in an assessment that trimmed two years from the agency’s earlier estimate.

Read more about the live fire drill aimed at intimidating the North at Sky News.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un says ICBM an Independence Day ‘gift’ to ‘American b**tards’

The North Korea problem that American President Donald Trump is grappling with is the outcome of indecisive dithering by former presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

In all honesty, if I were Kim I too would take a hard line against the United States. Look at what happened to American allies Sadam Hussain and Colonel Gaddafi. Kim would have every reason to believe that his country would be invaded and destroyed as happened to Iraq.

The Daily Mail in a long, in-depth article, reports that President Trump called an emergency meeting on the Fourth of July to determine a measured response to Kim’s mischief making.

All of this drama begs the question of how a poor, backward country can develop advanced missile and nuclear technology. Me thinks their Chinese friends have been helping them, backstabbing the West in the process.

Straits Times

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test was a “gift to American b**tards” on their independence day, Pyongyang’s official news agency on Wednesday (July 5) cited leader Kim Jong Un as saying.

The missile is capable of carrying a “large, heavy nuclear warhead” that can survive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) added.

After personally overseeing the launch, the KCNA reported, Mr Kim said “American b**tards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary”.

Breaking into peals of laughter, it said, he “added that we should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom”.

NORTH KOREA SAYS ICBM CAN CARRY ‘LARGE, HEAVY NUCLEAR WARHEAD’

North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile is capable of carrying a “large, heavy nuclear warhead” that can survive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, its official news agency said on Wednesday.

The device, launched on Tuesday in a watershed moment for Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions, was capable of reaching Alaska, according to outside experts.

The Korean Central News Agency quoted leader Kim Jong Un, who personally oversaw the test, as having inspected the Hwasong-14 missile and “expressed satisfaction, saying it looked as handsome as a good-looking boy and was well made”.

North and South Korea have been divided since the war on the peninsula ended in 1953 with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, and Pyongyang says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion.

The US “attempts to test our determination and ignores our warnings”, KCNA indirectly cited Kim as saying, and the North’s long confrontation with Washington had entered the “final stage”.

The North is subject to multiple rounds of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes, and the launch triggered a new chorus of condemnation.

THE ALLEGED MISSILE JUST BEFORE LAUNCH.

Nork Launches Another Missile: US DOD Says War a “disaster”

MOCK NORTH KOREAN SCUD-B MISSILE, CENTER LEFT.

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.

RT

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.

WHEEEE! THAT WAS FUN! LET’S SET OFF ANOTHER BOTTLE ROCKET.

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.

White House to Host Entire Senate for North Korea Briefing: Mounting Concerns About US Attack

KIM JUNG ON. THE SUBJECT OF WEDNESDAY’S WH DISCUSSION.

It’s ironic that Trump supporters, the alt right, and White Nationalists are the leading voices against military action.

Neocons, who are in reality anything but conservative, press forward for more wars, in both Syria and Korea. And after that, Russia and Iran.

I might be tempted to say that the Jews are behind this, but that would be a cliche. Old fashioned white conservatives seem to like the idea of war with Asians and Muslims. It’s probably a racial thing with them, although they’d never admit it.

Antiwar.com

Weeks of speculation that the US is about to attack North Korea are again accelerating, with the White House announcing that they intend to play host to the entire Senate on Wednesday for an official briefing on the situation, with virtually the entire cabinet.

Such a briefing for the full Senate is extremely unusual, especially in the White House, which means this must be a very important meeting, which is once again adding fuel to the idea that the US is going to do something big, potentially a military attack.

This comes amid a new round of speculation that North Korea might be planning to carry out another nuclear test, with a holiday coming up this week and a round of intramural volleyball at the test facility having concluded, meaning they’re no longer too busy to do the test.

The USS Carl Vinson and its carrier strike group are also expected to arrive at the Korean Peninsula in the next few days, which now not only comes amid speculation about a test, but also the Senate meeting. This could point to this week being the time that the Trump Administration intends to “solve” North Korea, as they’ve long threatened.

Doing so, of course, comes with a huge price, as while the US has downplayed North Korea’s ability to retaliate with nuclear weapons, they have a substantial conventional weapons program developed for decades specifically to respond to just such an incident. This would quickly do massive damage to South Korea, and inflict large numbers of casualties on US forces in the region.

The BBC adds:

The US is pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to make its point on North Korea, the BBC’s Gary O’Donoghue in Washington says.

First it wants the UN to tighten sanctions even further, and to ensure those in place are properly enforced.

Secondly, it is attempting to put fresh pressure on China to rein in its communist neighbour. The third aspect is the sending of an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula – making clear military action is an option.

North Korean rhetoric
North Korean state media said on Sunday the country’s forces were “combat-ready to sink” the Carl Vinson.

The ruling Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun called the carrier a “gross animal”.

North Korea has promised to press ahead with missile tests despite Mr Trump’s warnings and experts say it may be preparing for another nuclear test, in defiance of UN resolutions.

However, a North Korean ballistic missile test on 16 April failed within seconds of launch, US experts said.

Washington is concerned that Pyongyang may develop the ability to place a nuclear bomb on a missile capable of reaching the US.

Beijing is worried about the possibility of all-out conflict on the peninsula, which could lead to the collapse of the North Korean regime under its mercurial leader Kim Jong-un.

China fears this could cause a sizeable refugee problem and lead to an American presence up to the Chinese border.

JOSEPH DUNFORD, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, WILL BE ONE OF THOSE BRIEFING THE SENATE.