US Urges All Nationals In North Korea To “Depart Immediately”

For the US to be so emphatic it means either they have become so absolutely fed up with North Korea and its treatment of US citizens or it is a pretense for impending military action….

…the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there…said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. “After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government.” The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.

www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-21/us-urges-all-nationals-north-korea-depart-immediately-bans-tourists-visiting

Russian Trojan Horse?

Russia continues to play war games — soon they will not be playing games any more.

U.S. allies in eastern Europe and Ukraine are worried that Russia’s planned war games in September could be a “Trojan horse” aimed at leaving behind military equipment brought into Belarus, the U.S. Army’s top general in Europe said on Thursday.

Such tactics were later used in Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and in its intervention in Syria, NATO diplomats say.

www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-idUSKBN1A52AE

China Says It’s Not Responsible for North Korea

North Korea’s largest economic partner says that it is not answerable in the latest regional debacle, placing the blame on the US and others. IF China wanted to bring pressure to bear on their neighbor they could.  This simply indicates that: the US power is waning and China finds it more important to establish relationships in the East.

China hit back on Tuesday in unusually strong terms at repeated calls from the United States to put more pressure on North Korea, urging a halt to what it called the “China responsibility theory”, and saying all parties needed to pull their weight.

U.S President Trump…has expressed some impatience that China…is not doing enough to rein in North Korea.

That feeling has become particularly acute since Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe could have the range to reach Alaska, and parts of the U.S. West Coast.

While China has been angered by North Korea’s repeated nuclear and missile tests, it also blames the United States and South Korea for worsening tension with their military exercises.

“The ‘China responsibility theory’ on the peninsula nuclear issue can stop,” Geng said.

www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-china-idUSKBN19W0V6

Russia-China Plan vs US Plan for North Korea

Another case of the future Kings of the East working more closely together …. and against the US and its interests.

Moscow has dismissed US-led calls at the UN Security Council to introduce new sanctions over Pyongyang’s latest ballistic missile test, calling instead, for more “creative” diplomacy, citing the joint proposal by the Russian and Chinese leaders Tuesday.

Describing the North Korean ballistic missile launch on Tuesday as “dangerous, reckless and irresponsible,” the American Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley urged the UN Security Council to implement new measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The US has vowed to take measures to protect its security and that of its regional allies in case sanctions fail, even if it means using force against the North Korean regime.

Russia’s deputy envoy to the United Nations, spoke out against new sanctions, calling on member states to follow a join Russian-China initiative…

“Any attempts to justify a military solution are inadmissible and will lead to unpredictable consequences for the region. In the same manner, attempts to economically strangle North Korea are equally unacceptable, as millions of North Koreans remain in need of humanitarian aid,” Safronkov stressed.

“The Russian Federation and the Peoples Republic of China put forth a join initiative, based on Chinese proposed ideas of a ‘double freezing‘ [missile and nuclear activities by the DPRK and large-scale joint exercises by the United States and the Republic of Korea] and ‘parallel advancement’ for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as establishing a peace mechanism on the Peninsula,” the diplomat said.

Moscow’s part of the “phased” plan, Safronkov said, calls on Pyongyang to make a “voluntary political decision” and “declare a moratorium on testing of nuclear explosive devices and ballistic rocket tests.”

https://www.rt.com/news/395423-russia-china-unsc-korea/

 

Strategic Patience with North Korea Over

Please see our comments from before Trump became president.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missiles program required a “determined response,” and that the era of “strategic patience” with North Korea’s government had ended.

“The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed. … Frankly, that patience is over,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden in a joint appearance with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

“We’re working closely with South Korea and Japan, as well as partners around the world, on a range of diplomatic, security and economic measures to protect our allies and our own citizens from this menace known as North Korea,” Trump said.

http://news.trust.org/item/20170630160143-sndld/

‘The Next War will be Bloody’

Romans 3:15-17

“The next war will be pretty bloody for both sides. Israel will evacuate its population and I suggest the Lebanese do the same,” Lt.-Col. (res.) Sarit Zehavi told The Jerusalem Post at a briefing in Metulla, Israel’s northernmost town at the border with Lebanon.

Israel has long avoided evacuating civilians during wars, but is looking to change that policy in the North. In addition to the threat posed by Hezbollah’s stockpile of more than 100,000 rockets, the IDF is now concerned about the very real possibility of ground attacks against Israeli communities.

“It will be a totally new battlefield than what we saw in 2006,” she said, pointing out that the group has significantly increased its battlefield knowledge by fighting for the regime of Bashar Assad.

….two scenarios that would lead to war on the Lebanese front. “One would be Iran deciding to give the order to attack Israel, and the other would be a miscalculation by either side which would escalate into a full-blown war”….

A Hezbollah poster features a photo of the Dome of the Rock and an armed fighter. The face of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini glowers down over the dome where “We are coming” is written in Hebrew and Arabic.

http://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=498169

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’

The world is becoming a scarier place day-by-day as it progress towards the end time. We cannot be sure of exactly how events will unfold — just that they will happen as prophesied.  This article shows just how susceptible we are to a precursory attack that could very well leave us vulnerable to an armed invasion by foreign forces.

There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness.

Scans for the two hacking tools used against IDT indicate that the company is not alone. In fact, tens of thousands of computer systems all over the world have been “backdoored” by the same N.S.A. weapons. Mr. Ben-Oni and other security researchers worry that many of those other infected computers are connected to transportation networks, hospitals, water treatment plants and other utilities.

An attack on those systems, they warn, could put lives at risk.

“The world is burning about WannaCry, but this is a nuclear bomb compared to WannaCry,” Mr. Ben-Oni said. “This is different. It’s a lot worse. It steals credentials. You can’t catch it, and it’s happening right under our noses.”

And, he added, “The world isn’t ready for this.”

“I look at this as a life-or-death situation,” he said. “Today it’s us, but tomorrow it might be someone else.”

www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/technology/ransomware-attack-nsa-cyberweapons.html

China’s Cyber Command Readying for War

This further shows how real the possibility of the previous post is.

China’s rival to U.S. Cyber Command, the ambiguously named Strategic Support Force (SSF), is quietly growing at a time when the country’s sizable military is striving to excel in the digital domain.

Though the American government is widely considered to be one of the premier hacking powers — alongside Israel, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom — China is rapidly catching up by following a drastically different model.

The SSF uniquely conducts several different missions simultaneously that in the U.S. would be happening at the National Security Agency, Army, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, State Department and Cyber Command, among others.

Examining the development of the SSF in relation to Cyber Command provides a view of how two of the world’s most influential countries see the future of conflict.

“If successful in technological and defense innovation, the SSF could become a vital force for future military competition….”

“Chinese leadership has described the SSF as a ‘new-type’ force….

www.cyberscoop.com/china-ssf-cyber-command-strategic-support-force-pla-nsa-dod/

 

European Wake-Up Call

Events can come about quickly as we see some are already responding to the urgency of the situation that is developing in and around Europe.

With Vladimir Putin in the east and Donald Trump to the west, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now telling Europe it has to stand up for itself. It’s a call that’s already being answered by the continent’s richest region.

“There’s no doubt that Europe needs to take bigger responsibility, we have to spend more on defense and security,” Erna Solberg, Norway’s prime minister, said in an interview on Monday as Nordic leaders start a two-day summit in Bergen. Norway will ensure good cooperation “with its closest allies, and some are in the EU and some are on the other side of the Atlantic,” she said.

The Nordic summit started a day after Merkel said reliable relationships forged in Europe since the end of World War II “are to some extent over.” The German chancellor made those comments after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Brussels and Sicily over the past week.

The comments were mainly about the economic side, “that European countries should take more responsibility on the NATO budget,” Sipila said. “This message has been quite clear all the time. At the same time this means that we can cooperate more inside the European Union” and that “the window is open for defense cooperation,” he said.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-29/merkel-s-european-wake-up-call-is-being-answered-in-the-nordics

Is The US Prepared For A Nuclear EMP?

Most do not see how the US can come to an end much less how the mightiest nation the world has ever known be taken into slavery as the Bible prophesies.  Here is a feasible scenario:

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack would be perfect for implementing Russia’s strategy of “de-escalation,” where a conflict with the U.S. and its allies would be won by limited nuclear use. It’s their version of “shock and awe” to cow the U.S. into submission. The same kind of attack is viewed as an acceptable option by China and North Korea as well.

An EMP attack would be the most militarily effective use of one or a few nuclear weapons, while also being the most acceptable nuclear option in world opinion, the option most likely to be construed in the U.S. and internationally as “restrained” and a “warning shot.”

Because EMP destroys electronics instead of blasting cities, even some analysts in Germany and Japan, among the most anti-nuclear nations, regard EMP attacks as an acceptable use of nuclear weapons. High-altitude EMP attack entails detonating a nuclear weapon at 30-400 kilometers altitude — above the atmosphere, in outer space, so high that no nuclear effects, not even the sound of the explosion, would be experienced on the ground, except EMP.

An EMP attack will kill far more people than nuclear blasting a city through indirect effects – by blacking out electric grids and destroying life-sustaining critical infrastructures like communications, transportation, food and water – in the long run. But the millions of fatalities likely to eventually result from EMP will take months to develop, as slow as starvation.

Thus, a nation hit with an EMP attack will have powerful incentives to cease hostilities, focus on repairing their critical infrastructures while there is still time and opportunity to recover, and avert national extinction.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-15/us-prepared-nuclear-emp-shut-down-new-york-city