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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Vladivostok, Russia, on the right upper region, is in close proximity to North Korea, to China, and to Seoul in South Korea. To the East, of Vladivostok is Japan and the Sea of Japan.
People in Primorskiy Krai, Russia have been telling relatives that an uncharacteristic number of troops and military equipment are appearing at Russia's border with North Korea. A Number of newspapers in Europe and the US have blown a fuse about this and are frightened that Russia is amassing troops for an anticipated confrontation between the US and North Korea.
Let's step back for a moment and think about this. Primorskiy Krai is the maritime province which houses Vladivostok, Russia. (Very loosely translated as the "Star of the East".) Vladivostok is a very interesting city which among many other things, houses Russia's submarine fleet in that region. It is a beautiful and clearly Russian city, and yet it's located in Asia, and therefore it has the flora and fauna of that region, including Asian tigers in the woods there, the one's of Korean legends. Vladivostok has some interesting neighbors. Vladivostok has some of the best flea markets in the world, all housed in giant shipping containers, and the people who come to those flea markets are often Chinese and Korean, at least as often as they are Russian. If North Korea's leader were to send VX nerve gas to any of his neighbors atop a rocket that may not yet be capable of sending a nuclear weapon anywhere, the Vladivostok and Russia in general could be devastatingly impacted. It is therefore simply a responsible act to move military officers and equipment to the region in protection of one's own. China should be doing the same, and in some reports, they are. An act of provocation on the part of North Korea which goes too far, and ultimately gets their nation attacked, could cause an exodus of people from North Korea who are already desperate and starving, into the surrounding countryside. The refugees won't care whether they are entering China or Russia, just so long as they are getting away from the war that Kim Jong-un seems to wish to create.
Russia's choice in sending troops to Primorskiy Krai may be less about fighting and more about preventing a mass exodus of starving North Koreans into Vladivostok, than anything else. Certainly the situation with N. Korea bears watching, for us all.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
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According to the government of South Korea, North Korea did indeed test a missile today. This particular missile launch was unsuccessful, and exploded a few seconds after launch.
Friday, April 14, 2017
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This morning on the news in Virginia, I heard one of North Korea's generals saying that the United States was no match for N. Korea's strength and that (in a confrontation) that they would smash all of our heads. He went on to say other provocative things. Despite the culling and failure to give the military a number of its needs in the last six years or so, the US military remains a formidable foe. It made me wonder what the poor general was thinking, or perhaps what he had been drinking. It was however, concerning to hear that he believed that he could squash the US which he seemed quite prepared to do sooner, rather than later.
So far as our intelligence is concerned, it is felt that North Korea has the capability to deliver a missile to other nations, but despite all the successful nuclear testings, not quite the ability to land an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (or ICBM) with a nuclear warhead, on Alaska, Japan, or California. Thus far, such missiles have landed in the Sea of Japan.
Perhaps this is not his objective. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whom I follow on Linkedin, is a highly intelligent and informed man. He believes that Kim Jong Un can already deliver Sarin gas atop one of his missiles to other nations. Japanese News, NHK, which I also follow, reported this. Later, the Japanese government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, reported that Japan recognizes that North Korea is likely capable of the delivery of chemical weapons. Remember that Kim Jong Un is the prime suspect in the death of his half brother Kim Jong Nam, using a chemical weapon in a foreign airport.
Let's hope that our nation is also speaking with Shinzo Abe.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
|A nuclear test is slated for this Saturday.|
It is being reported by multiple foreign news sources that Kim Jong Un has ordered a mass evacuation of Pyongyang. Evacuees are not permitted to bring cellular phones. Kim Jong Un has said that an important announcement will be made later this week. China has moved 150,000 troops to their border with N. Korea in anticipation of war. The US also as at least one aircraft carrier en route to the region.
It is known that Kim Jong Un has told all foreign embassies that N. Korea "cannot be responsible for their safety after April 10th". N. Korea is urging all foreigners to leave. The Russian embassy has refused to leave and says that reports of "extreme tension in Pyonyang" have not been seen by them.
Some have speculated that testing of nuclear devices is complete and that Kim Jong Un, who has done things that indicate he may well be crazy, may be planning a nuclear war. China also may have indicated that they will no longer support their neighbor. President Trump also has taken a hard line with N. Korea. South Korea is also tiring of the tyrant.
Any type of war on the Korean peninsula has far reaching implications. South Korea, and the inhabitants of Seoul in particular would be impacted. Those in Vladivostok and surroundings in Russia would be impacted. Japan is also quite concerned. This has all the potential ingredients of a World War III.
The United States would be invariably drawn in, and that is if we weren't Kim Jong Un's first strike plan. Please pay close attention to this matter.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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