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New North Korea Propaganda Video Shows Trump in Cemetery

Just when we thought the tension with North Korea had subsided after threats of nuclear attack on the U.S. island of Guam, Kim Jong Un’s state controlled media ran yet another propaganda video.

This time the video shows U.S. officials in a grave with President Trump peering into it.

Added to the footage was more saber rattling from the communist regime threatening annihilation of Americans with the ‘push of a button.’

The threat was in response to war exercises by joint military operations with U.S. allies in the Pacific in preparation for a North Korean attack.

So the bottom line: this is far from over.

Here’s more from Fox News…

President Trump is pictured looking out over a Guam graveyard cluttered with crosses in a photoshopped image from the newest propaganda film — and grim warning — from North Korea.

The regime followed the video with a statement posted through its KCNA news agency, saying Trump “spouted rubbish” and frequently tweeted about “weird articles of his ego-driven thoughts” and attacking South Korea’s “puppy-like” Defense Minister Song Young-moo for “pinning hope on that mad guy.”

But the picture of a graveyard believed to be in Guam may be the most rattling in the video, given dictator Kim Jong Un’s repeated threats to strike the U.S. territory with a missile. The video also features Vice President Pence engulfed in flames.

“Trump spouted rubbish that if a war breaks out, it would be on the Korean Peninsula, and if thousands of people die, they would be only Koreans and Americans may sleep a sound sleep,” the KCNA statement said.

North Korea’s bombastic double-barreled messages come as the U.S. and South Korea are engaging in an annual 10-day military training drill.

KCNA wrote on Tuesday it would be ready to stage “ruthless” retaliation against South Korea and the U.S., according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

“The U.S. will be wholly held accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by such reckless aggressive war maneuvers, as it chose a military confrontation [with North Korea],” a North Korean military spokesman said to KCNA.

Kim Jong Un’s latest diatribe comes on the heels of a new United Nations report revealing two North Korean shipments bound for Syria’s chemical arms agency were recently “intercepted.”

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Kim Blinks First: North Korea Declares Guam Attack A No-Go

The escalation of rhetoric between President Trump and communist dictator Kim Jong Un has come to an apparent cease-fire today after North Korean state media announced that Kim has decided to call off his tentative plans to attack Guam.

It’s the latest response to Trump’s declaration earlier in the week that the U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’ and ready to respond.

Whether N. Korea is reacting to the show of force off their coast by coordinated S. Korean, Japanese and U.S. navies is unclear.

But his declaration came with the characteristic sing-song proviso that ‘if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions…[N. Korea] will make an important decision as it already declared.’

It’s the typical schoolyard bully response to a mutual threat:” I’ll leave you alone for now, but I’m warnin’ you, don’t test me. I’ll do something really bad, I promise.”

We’ll see.

Here’s more from Reuters…

North Korea’s leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he waits to see what the United States does next, the North’s state media said on Tuesday, as South Korea’s president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means.

Signs of an easing in tension on the Korean peninsula helped stock markets rally for a second day running even as the United States and South Korea prepared for more joint military drills, which infuriate the North, and experts warned it could still go ahead with its provocative plan.

In his first public appearance in about two weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the command of the North’s army on Monday, examining a plan to fire four missiles to land near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, the official KCNA said in a report.

“He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared,” the report said.

The DPRK stands for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

In photos released with the KCNA report, Kim was seen holding a baton and pointing at a map showing a flight path for the missiles appearing to start from North Korea’s east coast, flying over Japan towards Guam. North Korea has often threatened to attack the United States and its bases and released similar photos in the past but never followed through.

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Marco Rubio Under Protection After Assassination Plot Discovered

During the Obama administration, Sen. Marco Rubio was the most outspoken opponent against Obama’s move to ‘normalize’ relations with the Castro regime in Cuba.

And now with a similarly brutal, socialist dictatorship attempting to quell unrest in Venezuela, Rubio has been leading the charge in prompting the Trump administration to level sanctions on the Maduro government.

He’s also been publicly calling out the nation’s corrupt officials, including Diosdado Cabello, a member of the nation’s national legislature who Rubio calls the ‘Pablo Escobar’ of Venezuela for running a drug trafficking operation while serving in the government.

That move, according to government reports, earned Rubio a hit put out on him by Cabello, also a former military chief who has tentacles in the Mexican mafia in the U.S.

For the last month, Rubio has had a detail of Capitol Police trailing him everywhere, and at home in Florida, Miami Police routinely join his detail in prep for any planned assassination attempt.

Here’s more from the Miami Herald…

One of Venezuela’s most powerful leaders may have put out an order to kill Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a fervent critic of the South American country’s government, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month.

Though federal authorities couldn’t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a security detail for several weeks in both Washington and Miami.

Believed to be behind the order: Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief and lawmaker from the ruling socialist party who has publicly feuded with Rubio.

At a July 19 Senate hearing, the same day he was first spotted with more security, Rubio repeated his line that Cabello — who has long been suspected by U.S. authorities of drug trafficking — is “the Pablo Escobar of Venezuela.” A week ago on Twitter, Cabello dubbed the senator “Narco Rubio.”

The death threat was outlined in a memo to several law enforcement agencies disseminated last month by the Department of Homeland Security. The memo, designated “law enforcement sensitive” but not classified, was obtained by the Miami Herald.

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International, Politics

President Trump’s Poker Game with N. Korea Is Working

The rabid left-media is conducting a frenzied attack on President Trump this week amid his back-and-forth taunting of North Korea, which they argue is an unneeded escalation of potential nuclear conflict.

But some analysts argue it’s a brilliant game of international strategic poker in which President Trump is forcing North Korea to ante up or fold.

Ultimately, the argument goes, North Korea’s regime has no real desire to be on the receiving end of a U.S. nuclear response.

This puts them in a unique position to continue the saber rattling but with no action to back it up, which means they look pretty much like Obama did after his redline incident.

Further, Trump’s move puts China — which has historically backed its communist neighbor — in a difficult position to denounce N. Korean aggression and back the U.S. if a retaliation is needed.

China hasn’t been in that position since Mao’s revolution. Checkmate.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The mainstream media are aghast at President Donald Trump’s comments on North Korea as he promises “fire and fury” and warns that American military solutions are “locked and loaded.”
The political elite, and the foreign policy establishment, oscillate between bitter scorn and sheer panic at his tactics. But one does not have to be convinced of Trump’s rhetorical genius to note that he has already re-framed the conflict in a way that is advantageous to the U.S.

First, Trump has radically changed the costs of a potential conflict, for both sides. The dominant paradigm of nuclear face-offs is mutually assured destruction (MAD), which is why the Soviet Union and the U.S. never attacked each other during the Cold War. Most of the discussion about North Korea has followed the same pattern, because of the threat of ICBMs to the U.S. mainland. After Trump threatened to annihilate North Korea, however, Kim Jong-un threatened to attack … Guam. Trump doubled down, indicating that a North Korean attack on Guam would trigger an attack against the regime. That shifted the costs of a war radically in our favor and against theirs.

Second, it is noteworthy that the North Korean threat to Guam did not refer to nuclear weapons, but rather hinted at conventional missile strikes. There is no way to know for sure that the regime would not use nuclear weapons, if indeed the North Koreans can miniaturize them, but a conventional attack is certainly less serious than a nuclear one. In threatening the most violent possible attack, Trump elicited a response that is significantly less threatening.

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NY Times Identifies Real Threat to Guam: Not N. Korean Nukes

From the ‘Laugh Out Loud’ Files, leftist eco-nuts at New York Times just can’t help themselves from being a fulfillment of their own caricature.

Amid the international angst over threats of nuclear attack on Guam by North Korea’s unhinged dictator Kim Jong Un, the Times seems to think there’s an even greater threat: global warming.

According to the Times’ ‘experts’ Guam is threatened by “people suffering heat stress because of an increase in heat waves, a rise in the intensity of tropical storms, and the damage or destruction of Guam’s exceptionally biodiverse coral reefs”.

So let’s get this straight: the possibility of mushroom-cloud ‘heat waves’, nuclear fall-out ‘storms’ and total ‘destruction’ from a nuclear attack somehow is equivalent?

Color us amused.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Guam has been in the news a lot mostly because North Korea has threatened to nuke it if the mood strikes them. But, according to the New York Times, Guam has real issues bigger than tipping over from the weight of troops stationed there or being flattened by North Korean missiles.

Scientists in Guam, however, say they have at least one other major threat in mind: climate change.

“We know that it’s serious,” said Austin J. Shelton III, a marine biologist and the executive director of the Center for Island Sustainability at the University of Guam. “Some of the impacts are here, and a lot more are coming.”

Like other Pacific islands, Guam may be affected in the coming decades as climate change prompts shifts in weather, temperature and oceanic acidity, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Experts said in interviews that the primary consequences may include people suffering heat stress because of an increase in heat waves, a rise in the intensity of tropical storms, and the damage or destruction of Guam’s exceptionally biodiverse coral reefs.

A key concern is how reef damage could affect a $1.4 billion tourism sector that, according to the Guam Visitors Bureau, accounts for 60 percent of Guam’s annual business revenue and nearly a third of its nonfederal employment.

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Trump: U.S. Considering Military Action in Venezuela

The Trump administration isn’t just dealing with the nuclear antics of North Korea.

Increasingly for the last few months, Venezuela has been teetering on the brink of full-scale anarchy as pockets of the South American nation’s military join a growing coup against the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro.

President Trump warned that military action against Maduro is on the table as a possible escalation after the U.S. leveled sanctions for Maduro’s human rights abuses.

The nation’s currency is in veritable free-fall and most basic necessities Americans take for granted from Walmart are either scarce or entirely unavailable to Venezuelans.

Maduro succeeded Hugo Chavez to maintain the socialist regime that continues to align itself with Iran and other members of the ‘Axis of Evil’, including North Korea.

Here’s more from the Politico…

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would not rule out the U.S. pursuing “a military option” against Venezuela, which has come under increased pressure for its human rights abuses.

Speaking to reporters after meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, Trump said he has “many options” for Venezuela, “including a possible military operation, if necessary.”

The U.S. Treasury Department late last month targeted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with sanctions, accusing him of widespread abuses of the Venezuelan people.

Treasury announced the sanctions following the election of an assembly to rewrite the Latin American country’s constitution.

“By sanctioning Maduro, the United States makes clear our opposition to the policies of his regime and our support for the people of Venezuela who seek to return their country to a full and prosperous democracy,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at the time.

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International, War on Terror

War with North Korea: President Trump ‘Locked and Loaded’

Yesterday President Trump refused to back down from his previous statement threatening ‘fire and fury’ for North Korea.

Doubling down, he suggested that, if anything, his warning wasn’t strong enough.

Retweeting a post from the US Pacific Command, he declared the U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’.

Kim Jong Un responded that N. Korea could easily ‘reduce the U.S. mainland to ashes at any moment’ in heightened rhetoric that now has the governor of Guam warning citizens not to ‘look at the flash’ from any incoming ICBMs.

Um, wow.

Meanwhile, former Obama officials led by the absolutely trustworthy and inimitable Susan Rice chided the administration arguing that we should be totally cool with N. Korea possessing nuclear weapons; no concerns should be had at all.

Did she discover that from a random Youtube video too?

If you’re thinking all of this is a bit surreal, join the club.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

President Donald Trump continued his aggressive statements to North Korea, warning them not to threaten or act against America or any of its allies.

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

The president’s message triggered another round of groans from the media and establishment national security community, particularly from former President Barack Obama’s staff.

“This isn’t a video game. Hundreds of thousands of lives at stake in war with NK,” complained former Deputy National Security Adviser to Obama, Ben Rhodes on Twitter. “Was this statement signed off on by anyone? Was this statement coordinated with South Korea and Japan, our allies who are at enormous risk in conventional conflict with North Korea?”

Yesterday, Trump signaled that he was purposefully trying to send a strong message to North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il [sic].

“It’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries,” Trump told reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey on Thursday.

Later in the day, Trump retweeted a post from  featuring B1 bombers standing ready for military action. 

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International, Politics

N. Korea Plans to Fire A Four-Missile Test Volley Towards Guam

The saber-rattling from North Korea continues this week with more escalation of nuclear intent.

Kim Jong Un warned that his military will test-fire four ICBMs in a week or so directly at Guam, which houses a substantial U.S military presence.

The possibility of such a test presents multiple scenarios, none of them good.

If they follow through, the Pentagon must decide whether to respond with anti-missile defenses on the possibility that it is a live nuclear attack.

What’s more, a lack of response could be seen as weakness and willingness to tolerate N. Korean aggression.

Worse, such a test would require missiles to fly over Japanese airspace which means a multi-nation response.

Short of Trump and Kim deciding to kiss and make up, there’s little chance this ends well.

Here’s more from Redstate…

A couple of days ago, Kim Jong Un threatened the US territory of Guam with a nuclear attack. He was either happy or unhappy with the response because now his regime has doubled down. They have promised that they will launch four missiles at targets in the ocean around Guam as a show of force:

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, it would be the North’s most provocative missile launch to date.

The announcement Thursday warned that the North is finalizing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 U.S. military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.

It said the plan, which involves the missiles hitting waters 30 to 40 kilometers (19 to 25 miles) from the island, could be sent to leader Kim Jong Un for approval within a week or so. It would be up to Kim whether the move is actually carried out.

It is unclear whether — or exactly why — North Korea would risk firing missiles so close to U.S. territory. Such a launch would almost compel the United States to attempt an intercept and possibly generate further escalation.

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Trump Warns: ‘Fire and Fury’ for N. Korea If They Continue Threats

President Trump upped the ante this week in response to Kim Jong Un’s promise to the world that North Korea will issue a ‘thousand-fold revenge’ on the U.S.

At an event in New Jersey, Trump warned that N. Korea “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that N. Korea has produced viable nuclear weapons and has clearly tested its ability to deliver them to the continental U.S.

Unless Trump has forgotten Nagasaki and Hiroshima, power ‘never seen’ would need to be a rather large nuclear detonation.

Something tells us, though, this is more rhetoric and less a reflection of actual military ‘strategery’.

Either way, it’s getting interesting really fast.

Stay tuned…

Here’s more from Fox News…

President Trump has responded to reports of North Korea’s nuclear threats, saying the regime “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

Speaking from New Jersey on Tuesday, Trump also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “has been very threatening beyond a normal state,” adding that the regime “best not make anymore threats to the United States.”

The president’s comments come after a report was published by The Washington Post claiming North Korea has produced a compact nuclear warhead that can be placed inside one of its advanced missiles – which are already believed to be capable of reaching half of the United States.

The jarring assessment was prepared in July by the Defense Intelligence Agency, according to the Post. The Post was read parts of the DIA analysis and the document was verified by other U.S. officials, the newspaper reported.

“The [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” an excerpt of the DIA analysis states.

Further, it is now believed that dictator Kim Jong Un may control up to 60 nuclear weapons.

The DIA report echoed some of the evaluations made in a lengthy Japanese defense white paper also revealed on Tuesday.

“It is conceivable that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons into warheads and has acquired nuclear warheads,” Japan’s defense ministry said in the 500-page report.

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N. Korea Responds: Warns ‘Revenge Will Be Thousand Fold’ on U.S.

From the “Laugh Out Loud” Files comes the latest threat from North Korea.

Last week the Trump administration led the UN in issuing new economic sanctions on the nation in response to its continued ICBM tests.

Kim Jong Un responded by ordering the state-run media to issue the most dire threat to the U.S. to-date in what reads like the transcript from the ‘Mortal Kombat’ video game.

Don’t get us wrong: we think the possession by N. Korea of nuclear weapons is no laughing matter, and it could destabilize the entire region with conflicting loyalties of the communist Chinese.

But when a political foe speaks with this language, it’s difficult to discern whether to be concerned or just chuckle at how incredibly juvenile it all appears.

Here’s more from The Sun…

New sanctions ban Kim Jong-Un’s country exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood in joint US and South Korea ‘crack down’

NORTH Korea has threatened “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States for banning exports worth $1billion following its intercontinental ballistic launches.

Crackpot leader Kim Jong-un is demanding “justice” over Donald Trump’s attempts to “isolate and stifle” his country with ban on exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood.

The tough new U.N. sanctions could slash North Korea’s $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.

State-controlled media carried a statement from the North that promised the move would never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear program – or to give up its nuclear drive.

It says it will take “action of justice” but didn’t elaborate.

It’s after US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in a telephone call on Monday.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear programme.

The U.S.-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood following Pyongyang’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.

North Korea denounced the sanctions, saying they infringed on its sovereignty and vowed to take “righteous action”, according to the North’s official news agency.

Pyongyang would never place its nuclear programme on the negotiating table as long as the United States maintained a hostile policy against the North, the government statement reported by KCNA said.

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