US fleet sets sail for North Korea – for real this time!
The White House confirmed Wednesday that a US Navy fleet is indeed headed to North Korea. It also appears that Russia is intent on strengthening its Eastern border. Meanwhile, the secretive and bellicose regime of Kim Jong-un sustains its spectacular media orgy of anti-Americanism and has suggested that it may continue missile tests on a weekly basis. RT America’s Alexey Yaroshevsky has the details.
‘Sword stands ready’: Pence vows ‘overwhelming & effective’ response to N. Korean attacks
19 April, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence has issued a fresh warning to North Korea, saying that Washington will counter any potential attack with an “overwhelming and effective” response.
Speaking from the deck of the aircraft carrier ‘USS Ronald Reagan’, docked in Yokosuka, Japan, Pence told 2,500 American sailors that North Korea is “the most dangerous and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific.”
© Damir Sagolj‘Demonic destiny’: Long history of US threats to N. Korea
“The United States of America will always seek peace, but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready,” he said, as quoted by AP.
He went on to vow that the US would “defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.”
Pence also said that North Korea’s latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation, and assured Asian allies that the Washington is ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The VP noted the Trump administration will “work diligently” with allies, including Japan and China, in order to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. However, he told the sailors that “readiness is the key.”
He also said the US will honor its alliance with Pacific Rim nations to protect freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea – most of which Beijing lays claim to, despite conflicting claims from other Asian nations.
The comments were made during Pence's 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific region, which includes South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis simultaneously denounced North Korea's latest missile launch attempt during his Middle East tour, telling reporters in Saudi Arabia that “the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile.”
Although Mattis did not identify the type of missile, he said it was not of intercontinental range, meaning it could not reach US territory. However, an official told AP on condition of anonymity that the missile was a Scud variety which the US calls a KN-17.
Mattis also did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail.
The defense secretary credited China with trying to help get the North Korean situation “under control,” with the goal of denuclearizing the peninsula.
As part of his hardline stance against North Korea, Trump announced last week that he had sent an “armada” as a warning to Pyongyang.
For its part, North Korea has accused the US of disturbing global peace and stability by using “gangster-like logic” which may result in a nuclear breaking out on the Korean Peninsula “at any moment.”
April 25 Is "Highest Probability" Day For North Korean Nuclear Test China Warns
19 April, 2017
According to a report by Korea JoongAng Daily, China appears to be preparing measures in case North Korea tests a nuclear device or performs another provocation, including possibly suspending oil to the regime, and adds that relations between Beijing and Pyongyang appear frostier than ever before.
This past weekend North Korea celebrated its main holiday, the Day of the Sun. It marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the DPRK, the grandfather of the current leader of the country, Kim Jong-un.
North Korea is living in an original way, based on the ideology of Kim Il-sung, the so-called Juche ideology. Initially, this was a variant of the national form of communism for North Korea, independent of the influence of Stalin and Mao. The core of the Juche ideology has been preserved to this day. It's based on the original social structure with strong centralization, huge public sector in the economy, official atheism and, most importantly, country's self-reliance. In the North Korean society, the communist principle "From Each According to His Ability, to Each According to His Need" is functioning.
At the same time, the need of each person is determined by the state, that is by the only ruling party there. In practice, everyone's needs are modest, if not minimal.
Everything is given to the country. In North Korea, the birthday of Kim Il-sung became the beginning of the chronology. Now, the 106th year of the Juche calendar began. And on April 15, a song festival, a show of gymnasts, a military parade and half an hour evening fireworks were organized to demonstrate the unity of the country in the face of the external threats.
In the West, for some reason, people believed that North Korea was planning to hold another nuclear test in those days, and America even promised to "punish" the country.
Nothing of this kind happened, and the threats stayed unrealized. However, the test missile launch made everyone feel a little worried. A rocket exploded at the start, which didn't seem like a big deal in North Korea.
Darya Kozlova reports from the festive Pyongyang.