The Nation: US and North Korea

This weekend on The Nation:

Is the show down between North Korea and the US just posturing?
Lisa Owen talks to Washington Post correspondent Anna Fifield.

Stuff: Russia denies moving troops to border with North Korea

Russian authorities are denying reports that they are moving troops to the border with North Korea over growing tensions in the Korean peninsula.

The Interfax news agency on Friday quoted Alexander Gordeyev, spokesman for the Far Eastern Military district, as saying that the movement of heavy weaponry, caught on film and widely distributed on social media, is part of “absolutely scheduled manoeuvres of combat readiness”.

Gordeyev said the military hardware was on its way back from drills elsewhere and denied any connection to the tensions around North Korea’s nuclear program.

In Moscow, first deputy chairman of the defence committee at the Federation Council, Frants Klintsevich, told RIA Novosti the movement was pre-planned and dismissed reports suggesting Russia was preparing for a possible US attack on North Korea as speculation.

Global News: South Korea on heightened alert amid concerns over new North Korea nuke test

South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang.

North Korea said late on Friday the state of affairs on the Korean peninsula was “extremely perilous” because of “madcap American nuclear war manoeuvres aimed at trampling on our sovereignty and right to survival.”

U.S. officials said there was a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signalling a possible heightened state of readiness by reclusive North Korea’s sole major ally, although the officials played down concern and left open a range of possible reasons. Beijing denied its aircraft were on an increased level of alert.

 

17 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 22, 2017

    One might not be enamoured of Marvellous Leader, but it’s time that someone stood up to the bully Trump and farted in his eye.

    • Kevin

       /  April 22, 2017

      Wow.

    • Patricia Midwinter

       /  April 22, 2017

      Well said Kitty.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 23, 2017

        I had somehow missed the fact earlier that the Emperor’s New Armada was one ship which was going in the opposite direction to Korea. Ummmm….it’s not an armada, it’s not going to North Korea….apart from that…..

        • Gezza

           /  April 23, 2017

          It’s accompanied by a carrier group of other ships Kitty. They don’t sail alone.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  April 23, 2017

          Is this the carrier that isn’t going to NK, Kitty?:
          http://reuters.com/article/idUSKBN17P01Y

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 23, 2017

            I wish that people would make up their minds-is it going there or in the opposite direction ? I read that the Carl Vinson, or whatever its name is, was going away ftom NK ! Which way IS it going ? One news says one thing and another the opposite !

            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2017

              Don’t worry about it. As long as Mad Dog knows where it & the other carrier strike group ships sailing with are now, that’s probably the main thing.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 23, 2017

              What the hell is going on with this ?

            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2017

              You’re a bit behind the times. There was a bit of a cock up on the US Military-President-Defence Secretary-Navy communication front last week.
              Trumpy & Mad Dog, and Pence, and probably T-Rex, were busy telling the world the USS Carl Vinson & its strike force were heading on up to the South China Sea to monster North Korea, but nobody told the captain for a few days, so he was busy steaming with his buddies to an exercise in the opposite direction.

              Now that’s all been sorted out he’s turned around and headed on up to South China Sea, should be there soon.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  April 23, 2017

              Uh Oh!!! Communication skills that good,
              could mean trouble full steam Ahead.

            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2017

              Yup. “Captain – shouldn’t we be firing a missile or something?”

              “Aww … what the hell … why not? Fire 3 … we’ll see what happens.”

            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2017

              “General, I saw on Al Jazeera tv News Defence Secretary Mattis will be visiting us at U.S. Africa Command here in Djbouti tomorrow.What are our orders, Sir?”

              “Don’t get between him and the cheesecake.”

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 24, 2017

              ‘General, there’s a report of something ahead that looks like an iceberg. Confirmation of that….it is definitely an oh bugger……’

              ‘Repeat, please. There is an obugger ahead….what is an obugger ? Repeat-what is an obugger ? The line is dead, can you hear me ?’