(CNN)North Korea on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that blew up over land, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command said.
The missile didn’t leave North Korean territory, US Navy Cmdr. Dave Benham said.
A US military assessment found the main part of the missile landed approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Pukchang airfield, a US official told CNN.
North Korea ‘tests ballistic missile’ amid reports Pyongyang stating war ‘imminent’
North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile in the early hours of Saturday morning, reports in South Korea said, amid rising military tensions with the US.
The missile, launched from a region north of the capital, Pyongyang, appeared to have blown up a few seconds into flight, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said.
Tokyo subway temporarily closed over N. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile Saturday (all times local):
One of Tokyo’s major subways systems says it shut down all lines for 10 minutes early Saturday after receiving warning of a North Korean missile launch.
Tokyo Metro official Hiroshi Takizawa says the temporary suspension affected 13,000 passengers.
Service was halted on all nine lines at 6:07 a.m. It resumed at 6:17 a.m. after it was clear there was no threat to Japan.
Takizawa says it was the first time service had been stopped in response to a missile launch. Train service is generally suspended in Japan immediately after large earthquakes. Tokyo Metro decided earlier this month to stop for missile launch warnings as well.
NSA stops a specific type of search on Americans’ digital communications
By J.E. Dyer April 28, 2017
Be clear on what this is, and isn’t. It is a positive step, and has probably been taken because of a high-level political decision, related to the recent revelations about misuse of NSA data during the Obama administration.
Doing this does somewhat curtail the opportunity intel analysts will have to run searches on Americans, undetected. The ability to do that is how the Obama White House got away with running searches of NSA data on Trump and his associates.
What this move is not is a shutdown of the potential for those end-user searches to resume. The original, raw data will still be made available from the telecom providers. It’s the searches at the “collection” stage, which are essentially screenings of the data, or a filtering process to decide what to retain, that will be done by NSA on a stricter basis. That should mean less of the raw data will be retained in the big database. (More on that below.)
Kim is going to keep pushing probably until he gets the war he (and possibly) China want, the question is when will he push too far and how far is too far? Another thing is how will the UN react? The original UN declaration of war is still in effect but will the current Dictator’s Club consider this good enough? Every Republican President since George H. W. have gone to the UN for permission to use military force. In my opinion this was a big mistake since no other nation does this. We are going to have to move on NORK if China doesn’t (and I don’t think they will) Putin will probably scream bloody murder but do nothing else. China is the wild card, China and the Dictators Club what will they do and how long after Korea goes kinetic will it be before they start screaming bloody murder and possibly doming more/
“We are going to have to move on NORK if China doesn’t (and I don’t think they will).”
I remain slightly optimistic. As it has modernized, China increasingly has more to lose. The origins of Beijing’s feckless attitude are probably attributable to how cheap human life was throughout all Chinese history. As a consequence, losing millions of people historically has meant almost nothing to a country that currently has one quarter of the world’s population.
Much of that has changed in the past few decades. A spectacular example is China’s constant saber-rattling about Taiwan. I’m confident that others here were cheering when Taiwan informed the Politburo that a single Communist boot placed on Formosan soil would see a swarm of cruise missiles launched into the face of Three Gorges Dam.
The spluttering fury of China’s Mandarins was simply hilarious. The implications, nonetheless, are profound (and remain so to this day). However poorly designed, Three Gorges Dam represented a quantum leap in terms of Chinese infrastructure (both hydraulic and electrical grid). And this is the central point: A cataclysmic failure of Three Gorges Dam—be it the result of woefully inadequate engineering, “reservoir-induced seismicity“, or, to use a military euphemism, “intentional rapid catastrophic disassembly”—would put at risk some 75 million people and potentially wipe out a flood plain that hosts intensive agriculture. These horrendous outcomes would swiftly be augmented by ensuing famines, water-borne disease epidemics, population displacements, and a host of other disaster-related aftermaths.
Fast forward ten or twenty years. Nurtured and sheltered under China’s cynically spread wing, North Korea is reaching the apex of its military trajectory (even as it continuously destabilizes the entire Northeast Asian Quadrant). By dint of this military and economic insulation against external intervention—along with internal profits from institutionalized counterfeiting and high-purity methamphetamine synthesis—Pyongyang was given a degree of otherwise unavailable latitude necessary to divert the huge financial resources needed for development of nuclear weapons (even at the cost of cannibalism).
Although much well-deserved ado is made at this website (hat tip: Richard) about the nexus of North Korea and Iran, the role of Pakistan and that nation’s physicist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, sowed the seeds of this entire modern nightmare. As a personal aside, many of my Hindu acquaintances unanimously agree that the 1947 partitioning of India—which led to the creation of modern-day Pakistan (both West & East)—was ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE WORST GEOPOLITICAL FIASCOES to follow WWII and remained unparalleled during the rest of the 20th Century.
Pakistan’s acquisition of nuclear weapons and that nation’s consequent proliferation of such technology to its Islamic confreres—along with fellow rogue states like North Korea—did more to destabilize our modern world, save only for the immensely destructive influences of Soviet Russia (e.g., Cultural Marxism) and Communist China. It is no small coincidence that both of these Communist super-powers midwifed the birth of this singularly malevolent and vile regime.
Bearing all of this in mind, while it is impossible to ascribe any pangs of conscience to Communist China (as if!), its burgeoning infrastructure—regardless of profitability, prestige, or actual sustainability—is nonetheless attracting strategic notice from enemies and anxious bystanders alike.
As mentioned in an earlier post regarding this specific topic, China finally has begun to nervously recognize just how vulnerable they are with respect to a North Korean meltdown (so to speak). However little China could give a rip about North or South Korea (and they don’t), unavoidable consequences remain which Beijing has little hope of dodging. A quick review of Korean peninsula wind patterns makes clear that Kim Jong-Un’s determination to take down all around him in a nuclear holocaust could cause China a degree of “fallout” (all insinuations intended) that would collapse the Mainland’s infrastructure in ways that did not use to matter back when a few million Chinese lives meant nothing to their silk-clad Mandarins.
How ironic that one little obese psycho like Kim Jong-Un is capable of suddenly casting a barely oversized shadow across the Mainland. This is what makes it China’s problem. Finally, Beijing’s Mandarins have a lot more to lose than they’d like to admit.
To close … there is even a far-more-greater disturbing outcome that Communist China has brought upon itself (and the entire region). One that entirely exceeds its hideous role in North Korea’s demonic ascension. Exactly who are China’s enemies? Which neighboring countries pose even the least sort of threat to Beijing? All the same, China continues to swell its ranks of soldiers and weapons (despite great internal outlay).
The point being is that China’s belligerence will inexorably drive Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan to acquire nuclear weapons. This will create a fragile instability which will ill-serve all of Eastern Asia.
Thank you, China. Almost single-handedly, you have spawned one of the world’s most malicious regimes. With your capitol and seaports at dire risk, how satisfying it is to see your Mandarins suddenly decide that they have everything to lose. As my mythical drill sergeant once told me, “Son, muh heart pumps piss.”
“Son, muh heart pumps piss.”
My far from mythical drill sergeant (and all other sergeants I heard including me once I made sergeant said, My heart pumps pure purple panther piss just for your.
Yes China now has a lot to lose which is why I said that they possibly want the war, my hopes is that if they don’t step on Kim (and they may not have the military assets necessary to take out his nuclear program and missiles before he can launch on them) is that they will tell us they will set and quietly watch the war if we keep South Korea from taking no more then 1/2 of NORK and reuniting their families. China like Russia wants to keep the land next to their borders under their control if possible. Another reason this may occur is that Russia is also setting on the Chinese border and I have no doubt that if the war starts and we are kicking China around like a soccer ball Putin will decide to join in the fun so he can seize part of China. Some of the land Russia once held and lost in the Russo Japanese war.
Reasons why China is building such a large military is to provide 1) jobs for the excess male population, 2) having a large military gives the Chinese leaders a massive bargaining chip when trying to push around Singapore, Malaysia, Burma and the Philippines. Yes this will push South Korea and Japan to build nukes of their own to counter the Chinese threat but China may decide that this is an acceptable risk.
I don’t know if the Chinese Government is worried about the lives of the Chinese people or if they are worried that a major disaster like the Three Gorges Dam breaking would lead to the Chinese leadership being out of a job. Their worry may be fear that they wouldn’t be able to keep their hold on the Chinese people if a major disaster takes place. This fear depends on how many of the Chinese soldiers will fire on Chinese citizens?
My fingers stuttered My heart pumps pure purple panther piss just for your. should read just for you. I hit two keys instead of one.
Yes, my father waxed eloquent on the Partition and the karmic debt the UK had incurred. Didn’t resolve their Mandate Palestine -thing properly either.
You’re certainly right about the threat posed by Pakistan. But the ayatollahs are sick beyond measure with Jew-hate. They are uniquely evil and pose an existential threat to my people. Everybody else is acceptable collateral damage as far as they’re concerned.
That Abdul Qadeer Khan was allowed to survive proves Mossad’s overrated. The CIA wasn’t on the ball either.
zero hedge – Japan Shows Footage Of US Aircraft Carrier Just Hours Away From Korea
NHK said it shot the footage Saturday morning from a helicopter. Nagasaki is in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. On Friday, the Vinson conducted joint training with two Japanese destroyers and two Japanese F-15 fighter jets in waters further south off the Japanese island of Okinawa.
The USS Carl Vinson is heading north toward the Korean peninsula over rising concerns the Kim regime may conduct another nuclear test, one day after Pyongyang provoked not only the US but also China and Russia with its latest failed missile test.