North Korea Issues "Emergency Standby Orders" To Civil Defense Units: Report
11 August, 2017
With markets about to close for the next 2 days, the question on every trader's mind is: "should i carry risk over the weekend, or should I dump it all in case North Korea fires another test, or non-test, ICBM launch which may be just the provocation Trump needs to give thegreen light to a squadron of B-1 bombers to begin a bombing campaign." After all, Trump himself tweeted this morning that "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"
Friday's RFA report quotes a source in Yanggang Province as saying that the Central Military Commission of the party delivered the orders via e-mail.
The e-mail apparently arrived even before the North publicly threatened to retaliate against the U.S. “hundreds of thousands of times” over newly approved U.N. sanctions.
Trump On North Korea Military Solutions: "What I Said Is What I Mean"
11 August, 2017
Nothing too exciting here, just the 4th consecutive day of verbal escalations between the US and North Korea, this time from Donald Trump who as expected responded to this mornings statement from North Korea, that Pyongyang "can reduce the US to ashes at any moment", saying he meant what he said about the U.S. military being "locked and loaded" in response to threats from North Korea.
Responding to a question about his "military solutions", Trump said "we are looking at that very carefully, and I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said," Trump told reporters at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club. "And what I said is what I mean."
Some other highlights:
TRUMP SAYS IF NORTH KOREA LEADER DOES ANYTHING WITH RESPECT TO GUAM OR OTHER AMERICAN TERRITORY HE WILL TRULY REGRET IT
TRUMP SAYS NKOREA ACTIONS TO U.S. OR ALLIES WILL BE REGRETTED
TRUMP SAIS KIM JONG-UN WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH WHAT HE'S DOING BELIEVE ME
TRUMP SAYS HE HOPES NORTH KOREA FULLY WHAT I SAID AND GRAVITY OF SITUATION
TRUMP SAYS MANY PEOPLE ARE HAPPY WITH COMMENTS HE IS MAKING ON NORTH KOREA
TRUMP SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT BACK CHANNEL TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA
There was also the token slam of his critics:
And since the verbal ping pong isn't going to end any time soon, sit back and await for North Korea's upcoming response in this seemingly endless pissing contest.
China Warns Trump: "We Will Prevent A North Korea Regime Change"
In a troubling repudiation of President Donald Trump’s demands that Beijing do more to rein in its bellicose neighbor, Beijing, through the state-owned media, cautioned the US president on Friday that it would intervene (militarily) on North Korea’s behalf if the US and South Korea launch a preemptive strike to “overthrow the North Korean regime,” according to a statement in the influential state-run newspaper Global Times.
"If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so," it said.
"China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral," the Global Times, which is widely read but does not represent government policy, said in an editorial.
“On Thursday, U.S. and Japanese troops began an 18-day live fire exercise on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, which was to include rocket artillery drills and involve 3,500 troops. The Northern Viper drills are one of the scheduled exercises that Japan's Self Defense Forces conducts regularly with their U.S. counterparts and are not a response to the latest tensions. South Korean and U.S. troops are also gearing up for an annual joint drill from Aug. 21, called the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, in which up to 30,000 U.S. troops will take part.”
“South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his U.S. counterpart H.R. McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said. The two discussed responses to North Korean provocations and the security situation on the Korean peninsula, he said.”