North Korea Warns US of ‘Disastrous Final Doom’ – ABC News

Korea’s National Defense Commission took to the airwaves today to threaten the United States with the “most disastrous final doom on its mainland,” warning that “the time of the nightmare” is near.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/north-korea-warns-us-disastrous-final-doom/story?id=28711834

This article is so laughable that I almost decided not to share it. Then I thought, you guys could use a good laugh.

China mulls impact of N. Korea regime collapse on border area | GlobalPost

In my 3.5 years of living here, I have seen China’s attitude towards North Korea change in the following order:

– Defending North Korea’s actions
– Saying nothing about its actions
– ‘Inviting’ North Korea up for a talk about its actions
– Criticizing North Korea for ours actions
– and now preparing against its actions

I suspect more news propaganda to appear and something to happen within 3 years at best.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140504/china-mulls-impact-n-korea-regime-collapse-border-area

China mulls impact of N. Korea regime collapse on border area | GlobalPost

In my 3.5 years living here, I have seen China’s reaction go from defending North Korea to saying nothing, to ‘inviting’  North Korea up for a talk, to outright criticizing them.  Now we have this little tidbit. There is a pattern here and sitting is going to happen within the next few years…

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140504/china-mulls-impact-n-korea-regime-collapse-border-area

Is the US Military really here to help South Korea?

That is the question and there is an obvious answer to this….if you look closely.

In a recent USA Today article, the following was stated:

The U.S. and South Korea agreed Wednesday to work together to strengthen the South’s ability to deter threats from North Korea

That all sounds fine and good right?  I mean, ‘big brother USA’ is here to help.  Let me put this another way.

The Korean war ended in 1953.  That is 60 years ago.  You are telling me that in 60 years, you have not been able to help “strengthen the South’s ability to deter threats from North Korea.”?  So, either the US has the most pathetic military in the world, or they are simply here for the money.  You tell me.

they are also setting up a panel to review the possibility of delaying the transfer of wartime control of South Korean troops from Washington to Seoul. That handover is currently slated for 2015.

Umm….yeah.  60 years doesn’t seem long enough to get things setup does it?

Stop with the hype already…geeze….#North Korea ain’t going to do squat

The term Sheeple is insanely accurate when it comes to those who listen to the news.  It is absolutely ludicrous for anyone to be afraid of a war actually happening.  Do you know why?  Let me tell you:

First, and this should be a rather LARGE clue.  Not a single embassy has issued a travel advisory.

From the Canadian Embassy Site:

SOUTH KOREA – Exercise normal security precautions

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for South Korea. Exercise normal security precautions. (emphasis mine)

Unlike their warning for North Korea.

NORTH KOREA – AVOID ALL TRAVEL

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel to North Korea (officially named the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) due to the uncertain security situation caused by North Korea’s nuclear weapons development program and highly repressive regime.

There is no resident Canadian government office in the country. The ability of Canadian officials to provide consular assistance is extremely limited.

Do you SEE the difference?

Here’s the US Embassy in Seoul.

A Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that despite current political tensions with North Korea there is no specific information to suggest there are imminent threats to U.S. citizens or facilities in the Republic of Korea (ROK). (emphasis mine)

The US Embassy on North Korea:

Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of

March 14, 2013

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens about travel to North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK).(Actually, they go into rather LARGE depth in their warning.)

So stop your belly-aching and whining and fear-mongering about North Korea.  The news is NOT your friend in this (or any other really) matter.  They are there for one reason and ONE reason only….to make money but oh, they got you sooooo good.  There are people who are listening to some fear because of fancy words put into the media, fueled even further by paranoid families that they have decided to quit their English teaching jobs here and go home.  They don’t put a single, solitary REAL thought into the possibility of it actually happening.  They only listen to the media (yay for profits!) and give up to their fears.

Have a nice flight home you people.  Those who don’t bother to look into things for themselves.  Those who let others make decisions for them.  Those who have no spine.

War does NOT make a ruler popular.  The Kim dynasty has a history of making threats after leadership change.  This is all ‘sabre-rattling’.  It is a ‘war of words’.  It is all talk.  If you think the vast majority is poor now, how do you think they could possibly handle any-type of prolonged fighting?  Hell, even China is getting pissed at them, and China is their only real friend (not counting the Iran connections…).

Nothing is going to happen.

If it does, you have my explicit permission to say “I told you so.”  Till then, Grow a pair!

What South Koreans think of North Korea

Around the world, the mainstream media hypes up all the words that get thrown around. Words like ‘state of war’ and ‘sea of fire’ because they sound dire and life threatening in the face of a country that has technically still be at war for nearly 60 years. Now we have people parroting such things when someone says “I’d like to come to Korea to teach English.”  The fact that no tours to the DMZ have been canceled, the fact that no warnings from any embassy have been issued should be a good indication that this is all talk when you read anything about what North Korea says.  Not that I needed this, but nothing simply reaffirms in how the media hypes up news just so they can make money from people who make ignorant comments and spread poorly worded news casts and articles that simply do NOT reflect the truth.

Now, all that talks about people outside of South Korea.  What do people inside of South Korea think?  Glad you asked because I was curious too.  I did a quick little survey to give you a bit of insight to a typical Korean person who can speak English ranging from fluent to reasonably well.

What do you think of North Korea? 북한에 대해서 어떻게 생각하세요?

Female 1: “I think North Korea as a very poor brother who I have to take care of. Also he is very strange like middle school boys.”

Male 1: “I have been thinking many times about north Korea is our first ever enemy ever since I serve in military service in 2007 this is because they treat us like enemy so far. I didn’t realize how is big shit going on between North Korea and our country before enter the army. But now I know all they did is totally wrong and we have strongly believe that It will not change unless North Korea stop making problems for us”

Female 2: “people is starving and leaders enjoy rich life. for example leaders driving benz and bmw. when i was in china a few years ago some north Koreans escaped at theirs home and begged for theirs life and family. But i couldn’t any more so i gave some food. i think north Korea is not nation North Korea throw their people out.”

Do think there will ever be a war? 앞으로 또 다른 전쟁이 일어날 것이라고 생각하시나요?

Female 1: “No. I don’t think so because it is not a simple thing any more as both North Korea and South Korea will get huge damage after all. Every one knows it even north Korean people.”

Male 1: “North Korea want to uphold their construction of their own society and figure already out how strong we are with our ally such as UN and USA etc. We both know what will happen if we are under the war so my opinion is that it will not happen.”

Female 2: “No. Never occurrence. Now is not 1950s. South Korea have been strong army and correspondence is growth up than 1950s If war start, all of nations is attack North Korea.My thinkings”

What are your first thoughts every time you hear something big in the news about North Korea? 북한에 대한 소식을 들을때마다 당신은 주로 어떤 생각을 하시나요?

Female 1: “it is just one of normal things to me. We had too many similar cases with North Korea over 5 decades.”

Male 2: “At the begging of time was so scared when something is wrong but I am used to hear that and know that it is their strategy to make us feel scared so now I am not as scared as I was before”

Female 2: “There you go again But we don’t undo to air-raid alert”

If there was one thing you could say to Kim Jong Un, what would it be? 만약 당신이 김정은에게 말할수 있는 기회가 생긴다면, 뭐라고 한마디 하고 싶은가요?

Female 1: “open your world to the world if you want to live longer or people in your county wont be stand any more.”

Male 1: “If there was one thing i could say to Kim Jung Un I wanna say that don’t forget who we were and what we did together before divided into North Korea and South Korea. We fought all together to keep our history and our citizen against of past enemies such as China and Japan. Now you have a power and right to let this conflict pull down. It is your choice and do something . finally I hope you are better guy than any other people though”

Female 2: “we are anymore alone If you communication we will talk with you but if you threat anymore we will fight for south people and nation and peace”

So there you have it.  Real thoughts from people who have lived here all their lives.  The people interviewed are from all walks of live, from early 20’s to early 40s, teacher, ex-military (mandatory server for men in South Korea) and a student.  The only editing was for some obvious typos but otherwise the grammar and structure was left in tact as I received it.

Tell me what you think.  And then tell me where your information comes from.

#North Korea Under Cyber Attack!

It seems that the meager Internet resources from the ‘noisy boys up North’ have been crippled by 2 days of continous attacks.

North Korea accuses U.S. of cyber attacks on its Internet servers

(Edit: of course they do!  Not saying they are wrong but this is kinda stating the obvious)

Given how little they use the Internet, is this really going to make much a difference?  I mean seriously, this would be like someone staging continuous drain on buying up all the CB radios.  No one really cares and in the long run, it really doesn’t affect much as far as infrastructure goes.  This will just piss them off, and give them more reason to do something stupid because that’s the only way this little standoff will even go anywhere.

North Korean students attend a rally held to show their willingness to enlist in the army March 14, 2013 in this picture released by the North’s official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang March 15, 2013.

REUTERS

SEOUL

North Korea accuses U.S. of cyber attacks on its Internet servers

JACK KIM

Published Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 07:58AM EDT

Last updated Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 08:00AM EDT

North Korea, usually blamed for hacking others, has accused the United States of staging cyber attacks against its Internet servers after reports of disruptions to its main news services, the latest twist from an increasingly bellicose North.

Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency said a “powerful hacker attack” from abroad had brought down Internet servers inside the North, disabling access to some websites.

The accusation comes at a time of increased tension between reclusive North Korea and South Korea, along with the South’s ally the United States.

The North has threatened a nuclear war with the United States in response to new United Nations sanctions over its latest nuclear test and to strike back at the South and the United States during military drills they are staging.

South Korea’s MBC television said the North’s state media services were among those affected by the cyber attack.

These included the websites of the KCNA news agency and the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, which were said to be experiencing disruptions even though they were operating normally on Thursday and Friday.

“It is nobody’s secret that the U.S. and the South Korean puppet regime are massively bolstering up cyber forces in a bid to intensify the subversive activities and sabotages against the DPRK,” KCNA said on Friday.

“Intensive and persistent virus attacks are being made every day on Internet servers operated by the DPRK,” it said.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, is the North’s official name.

KCNA and Rodong Sinmun have carried the North’s increasingly strident rhetoric of late, accusing the United States and South Korea of staging preparations for war and vowing to scrap the armistice that stopped fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War.

The North has also threatened to use nuclear weapons against what it called hostile forces.

North Korea in turn has been blamed for spreading malicious software that crashed the websites of government agencies and businesses, and for a cyber attack on a South Korean state-run bank server in 2011 that took more than a week to restore.

North Korea denies charges of cyber attacks and accuses the South of a conspiracy to fuel confrontation, although defectors from the North have warned that Pyongyang was recruiting thousands of computer engineers to its cyber warfare unit.

Military experts said cyber warfare was a major threat from North Korea, along with its conventional forces and its weapons of mass destruction program, that posed a security risk to utilities and communications networks in the South.

North Korea also has been accused of jamming global positioning system signals affecting hundreds of flights at South Korea’s main airport.

Earlier this week, U.S. spy agencies said for the first time that cyber attacks and cyber espionage had supplanted terrorism as the top security threat facing the United States.

The United States and China also are embroiled in a row over cyber warfare, with U.S. President Barack Obama calling his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to discuss the issue this week.

© 2013 The Globe and Mail Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nulcear North Korea

So, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test apparently.  Another ho-hum day in Seoul for everyone else.

In the absence of any real leverage, Washington and its allies are left warning Beijing that if it does not keep North Korea out of the nuclear club, it risks an arms race in its own neighborhood.

This is from the New York Times article.

I am slightly divided over the right of North Korea to do what it wants so long as they are not harming anyone.  In this case, I refer to people outside of their country.  So far, they have done no wrong to another country(skirmishes aside).

Let me tell you how this game is payed. Earlier this week a “war of words” began.

“The US and enemies, based on their own hypothesis and arguments, jumped to the conclusion that we would stage a third nuclear test,” said the editorial.

– source rt.com

Note that this seeming denial statement merely points to someone else guessing what North Korea was about to do. They did not say they weren’t going to do it.

Besides that little tidbit, the South Korean military had their own statement.

“If [the North] shows a clear intent to use a nuclear weapon, it is better to get rid of it and go to war, rather than being attacked,” said the general, addressing the Joint Chiefs. He added that ”a pre-emptive attack against the North trying to use nuclear weapons does not require consultation with the United States and it is the right of self-defense.”

So….what? Everyone is posturing in the name of “self defense” but really just use that as some sort of excuse to throw around their ego? On one hand, I can appreciate the fact that North Korea wants too stay out of US control and financial ruin. On the other hand, of the people are truly suffering, the whole world has a responsibility to ensure that its inhabitants have the means to survive, if not thrive. Sadly, I feel that our current efforts are misguided and will eventually fail. Perhaps it is time for a change huh?

Ok, back to the topic at hand. Not much has changed. There have been no pre-emptive strikes. Although do you need to detonate a nuclear device to research energy for your country? No, but hey, what do I know?

Next I expect to read that China is finally taking a few stern measures against the little upstart country or that the US “suddenly discovers a reason to invade” and then things will be ugly for awhile. Maybe you’ll see a re-enactment of the middle East, maybe not. In either case, I’m glad I am moving further south to get some distance from this crap.

Rockets invading South Korea & other important news

Shinsegae Food Co. LTD finished 2012 strongly, opening its seventh Johnny Rockets restaurant in 22 months.

http://www.fastcasual.com/article/206883/Johnny-Rockets-invading-South-Korea

I have yet to be in an area where one if these places exist but I am looking forward to seeing how it stacked up and curious if they too serve “Bulgogi” burgers like McD’s.

With $20,000 in private loans and a soon-to-be wife, Kim is also concerned that he won’t be able to support his new family, or his father’s faltering business.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/130117/south-koreans-household-debt-cycle-crisis

Remember when I called this little point here? Here is s nice view of how “advanced” Korea is in joining the world financial markets. I guess advanced mean more debt huh?

Now, to actually talk about rockets for real:

U.S., China in deal on U.N. North Korea rebuke; Russia to back it

The United States and China have struck a tentative deal on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea for its December rocket launch, U.N. diplomats said on Friday, and Russia predicted it would be approved by the council

There is a saying that I heard many, many years ago, “After all is said and done, more is said than done.”. There is no greater example of this than what you read on that link. The U.N. Keep passing these “resolutions” and yet nothing changes. Its like telling someone elses kid that they are misbehaving but they just sick their tongue out because they know they can get away with it. Its only s matter off time before some either does something stupid our that they create a false report then all hell will break lose…for a while. While I am not a fan of Watts, I do think that the US had enough of a technical edge to end it quickly. It will be quick only because there is nothing of value here (i.e. Oil) but that depends on the profiteering warmongers I guess.

Google & North Korea

This post crosses a few interests of mine.  Namely, Google, North Korea, Conspiracy Theory-made-manifest.

If you weren’t aware, Google’s Eric Schmidt (and ex-New Mexico Governor) Bill Richardson flew to North Korea.

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Schmidt & Richardson watching a North Korean using the Internet. Photo courtesy of WSJ.

Word has it that the Richardson is pressing for the release of Pae Jun Ho, an US Citizen, for “Unspecified Crimes“.

What should concern people is that right now, tensions are a little high after the missile launch and the threat of a nuclear test being performed we don’t have an official GOVERNMENT visit to work things out (although, given the history of such and the following obvious failures…) we have CORPORATE interests gallivanting about the world, making ‘nice, nice’ with ugly neighbours.  Seriously, this smacks of the whole shift from a Democratic rulership to a Corporatocracy.  It’s not like we weren’t warned about this, publicly, in the 70’s.

This movie is one of my favourites and this scene is nearly as famous as the “Mad as Hell” scene.

So, back to my current northern neighbours.  What do you think the outcome will be?  Will Google be allowed inside the ‘hermit kingdom’?  That place where the Internet is so tightly controlled that only a select few are allowed to use it?  Somehow I doubt that will change anytime soon, given how tightly controlled the state media is.  Or should I say manipulated?  Were you aware that North Korea WON the World Cup in 2010?! (Despite Spain actually winning it seems.)

So what to the South Koreans think of the North Koreans?  Oddly not much.  There is a well know pattern that North Korea hypes up some event, threatens ‘Seoul’ with retaliation and then….fails to follow through. North Korea is like the boy who cried wolf all the time.  Sure some ‘spikes’ of interest show up (Kim Jong Il dying, Rocket launch) that get people to talk a little bit, otherwise North Korea is fairly well ignored by the southern populace.

I have met some Koreans whose families originate from North Korea (English teachers from South Africa actually) and they don’t seem any different from any other regular Korean really.  So it’s back to the big, egotistical Military types running the place and making big chest-pounding displays of strength while the rest of the people go ‘meh’.