Bush called it in his speech after 911 - the axis of evil, Iraq, Iran and North Korea. We deftly removed the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein, but the leftists and the international forces of evil managed to bench the Bush doctrine to the horrible detriment of free men. We have seen the terrible course of events in Iran and we pray for those Iranians who are yearning and dying to be free.
North Korea is on its own evil tear. Nuclear tests, multiple long range missile launches ......and North Korea is stepping up its capabilities to
stage guerrilla warfare through the development of roadside bombs (according to a US
commander), the belligerent North Korea has notified Japan of a 16-day ban on ships in a
portion of its eastern waters from 25 June, citing a military
exercise, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on 23 June,
quoting a South Korean official.
"The North has informed Japan's coast guard authorities of its 25 June-10 July ban for a drill" off the city of Wonsan, South Korean Defence Ministry Spokesman Won Tae-jae said. This is the first time North Korea has specified a reason for imposing a coastal ban. Wonsan is in southeastern North Korea, approximately 100 kilometres north of the inter-Korean border. (Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 0213 gmt 23 Jun 09)
N. Korea Out to Launch
WASHINGTON -- An impending missile test threatened by North Korea is expected to launch short- to medium-range missiles rather than a long-range missile similar to one tested in April, according to U.S. intelligence reports.
North Korea issued a warning over the weekend to mariners of upcoming live-fire missile exercises. The exclusion zone cited in the notice covers a stretch in the Sea of Japan, 279 miles by 68 miles, off the coast of Wonsan, North Korea. The warning lasts from June 25 to July 10, from approximately 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, a U.S. counterproliferation official said.
U.S. defense and counterproliferation officials say intelligence suggests that North Korea is likely to fire short- and medium-range missiles, based on the splashdown zone referred to in the notice and other activities that are consistent with such launches.
Will Obama cave to the six party circle jerk? D'oh.
How stupid does it get?
Russia favours the speedy resumption of talks on the North Korean
Interfax-AVN website reported on 23 June, quoting Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov. "We are alarmed by the stalemate on the
matter that appeared primarily due to the unacceptable actions of
North Korea that staged a nuclear test and continues to refuse to
observe the UN Security Council resolution"
But what about the North Korean ship carrying nuclear material? Obama is taking his signature weak approach. That ship is carrying something and it's planning to launch from a closer location to test. The warhead is not likely to contain any fissile material, however it is a test for not only Obama, Japan and South Korea, but also for how far China and Russia are willing to go. It is also a tech test. They want to test our technology and they know that we couldn't monitor their last big launch in April. Again we can thank Obama for that.
And still Obama still remains firm in the missile shield cut. It's hard to know how desperately we will suffer under this terrible presidency.
The US navy is tracking the ship but China says back off--
China has stressed that any interception and inspection of North Korean vessels on the high seas should be based on "sufficient evidence" and called on all parties to refrain from any action that could intensify an already tense situation, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on 23 June.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the UN Security Council resolution calling on all 192 member states to carry out cargo inspections of North Korean vessels suspected of carrying nuclear or missile-related cargo is a "complex and sensitive issue" that should be based on "reasonable grounds".
Qin was responding to media reports the US Navy is preparing for a possible intercept of a North Korean ship suspected of carrying missile and nuclear-related items after it leaves the coastal area of China. He said China had no details on where the vessel originated, where it is heading or what cargo it is carrying but added that China is in close contact with the United States on the North Korean issue. (Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 0933 gmt 23 Jun 09)
North Korea has been busy, busy, busy since the election of the weak President:
North Korea is believed to be stepping up its capabilities to stage guerrilla warfare through the development of roadside bombs and seditious tactics:
"I believe we will face IEDs, insurgent forces in addition to large conventional attacks," Sharp said in a speech to a group of South Korean army personnel in Seoul. Sharp said South Korea and the US should step up "realistic training" to tackle these threats. (Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 0303 gmt 23 Jun 09)