Category Archives: Koreas

America could lose a war against North Korea, former US commander says in leaked letter | The Independent

In a letter to members of Congress, obtained by Newsweek, Lt Gen Jouas said even limited military action against Kim Jong-un’s regime would be likely to precipitate a full-scale war, yet would probably not destroy Pyongyang’s nuclear capability totally.

He added: “An enormous casualty and evacuee crisis will develop and include over 100,000 non-combatant Americans, many of who will turn to US forces to get them off the peninsula.”

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America could lose a war against North Korea, former US commander says in leaked letter | The Independent

N.Korean Nuclear Test Site ‘Heavily Contaminated’ – The Chosun Ilbo

North Korea’s nuclear test site in Kilju, North Hamgyong Province is turning into a wasteland after six underground nuclear tests, according to witness accounts.

North Koreans who defected from the region said 80 percent of trees that are planted die, underground wells have run dry and babies are being born with defects.

N.Korean Nuclear Test Site ‘Heavily Contaminated’ – The Chosun Ilbo

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Test Site Appears Dangerously Contaminated | The National Interest Blog

North Korea’s nuclear testing appears to have spread devastation for miles, according to testimony from former residents.

The Punggye-ri nuclear test site in Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea has conducted a total of six nuclear tests, and the surrounding area have become a wasteland. The most recent test, during which the North detonated a suspected staged thermonuclear bomb with an explosive yield several orders of magnitude larger than anything the regime has previously tested, has reportedly exacerbated the environmental degradation.

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Test Site Appears Dangerously Contaminated | The National Interest Blog

If North Korea Is Preparing for Nuclear War, All of Asia Needs Nuclear Weapons, Says Henry Kissinger

In a recent interview with The New York Times, former Secretary of State and Cold War strategist Henry R. Kissinger warned that East Asia is racing towards nuclear proliferation.

The controversial former diplomat–whose critics charge with aiding and abetting military regimes in Latin America during his time as part of the Nixon Administration—said that a nuclear-armed North Korea is about to kickstart an arms race in which “nuclear weapons” will “spread in the rest of Asia.”

“It cannot be that North Korea is the only Korean country in the world that has nuclear weapons, without the South Koreans trying to match it. Nor can it be that Japan will sit there,” he said. “So therefore we’re talking about nuclear proliferation.”

If North Korea Is Preparing for Nuclear War, All of Asia Needs Nuclear Weapons, Says Henry Kissinger

South Korea and Japan ‘considering obtaining nuclear weapons’ in face of threat from Kim Jong-un

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has warned the threat of a nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating, and said Donald Trump’s administration would never accept a nuclear North Korea.

But Mr Kissinger, a Cold War nuclear strategist, told the New York Times: “If they [North Korea] continue to have nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons must spread in the rest of Asia.”

South Korea and Japan ‘considering obtaining nuclear weapons’ in face of threat from Kim Jong-un | The Independent

North Korea reportedly conducting nuclear war safety drills | New York Post

As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to grow, the regime has been conducting safety measures for its people amid threats of nuclear war.

The country has “conducted rare blackout exercises and mass evacuation drills in secondary, tertiary cities and towns last week,” NK News reported Saturday. The drills were not conducted in the nation’s capital of Pyongyang.

Blackout drills require citizens to minimize lighting to conceal themselves from enemies, particularly enemy aircraft.

North Korea reportedly conducting nuclear war safety drills | New York Post

Mattis says threat of nuclear attack by N.Korea accelerating – The Washington Post

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday the threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating.

In remarks in Seoul with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at his side, Mattis accused the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs — and vowed to defeat any attack.

Mattis said North Korea engages in “outlaw” behavior and that the U.S. will never accept a nuclear North.

Mattis says threat of nuclear attack by N.Korea accelerating – The Washington Post

Washington Resumes Talking About Nuclear War – The Atlantic

As the North Korean crisis escalates, the unthinkable has suddenly become discussable.

On an unseasonably warm October day recently, Donald Trump’s CIA director and national-security adviser appeared one after another at a conference in the nation’s capital. They soberly assessed the world’s greatest threats below the gentle light of chandeliers in a hotel ballroom. In between their remarks, D.C.’s cognoscenti spilled into an adjoining courtyard to conduct their own threat assessments over wraps and caesar salad. All was normal in Washington—except that two of the president’s top aides were signaling, with deadly seriousness, that conflict could soon erupt between two nuclear-weapons powers.

Washington Resumes Talking About Nuclear War – The Atlantic

‘I fear US is planning pre-emptive strike’: South Korea’s top war ‘prepper’ more worried about Trump than Kim

Mr Woo, 44, has become the face of the South’s war preppers, a growing band of urban-disaster specialists who keep survival bags laden with essentials that they can grab at a moment’s notice to one of the country’s many nuclear fallout shelters.

In recent months he has seen a surge in interest in his online forum, Survival 21, founded in 2010 to discuss how to stay alive during war, disaster or nuclear holocaust.

Close to 20,000, among them teenagers, old people, business executives, professors and students, have now signed up.

‘I fear US is planning pre-emptive strike’: South Korea’s top war ‘prepper’ more worried about Trump than Kim

Diplomacy with North Korea on ‘last legs’ as Trump ponders war – Business Insider

  • A top US diplomat working with North Korea reportedly says diplomacy is on its “last legs” as President Donald Trump refuses to accept a nuclear-armed Pyongyang.
  • Trump has been clear that the US will take steps to prevent North Korea developing a nuclear missile capable of hitting the US, and Pyongyang has been clear it will not stop until it gets one.
  • The atmosphere between the two nuclear countries is dense as ever as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says “diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops.”

Diplomacy with North Korea on ‘last legs’ as Trump ponders war – Business Insider