Tuesday, September 5, 2017
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The U.S. and China reportedly have a long standing arrangement that Beijing will physically invade North Korea if they believe Kim Jong-un has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead
According to a DIA official assigned specifically to monitor North Korea, the secret "working" agreement was negotiated as an unofficial understanding between the two superpowers, and could result in a Chinese invasion of the Korean Peninsula between now and September 11th.
The source, who spoke to TruNews Correspondent Edward Szall through a proxy on Sunday night, and must remain unnamed due to his official capacity as a veteran member of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), said both the U.S. and China are actively investigating the claims made by North Korea on Sunday, that they have successfully tested a miniaturized nuclear device and possess the technology to effectively mount it on a ballistic missile.
The source noted that if the Chinese are convinced the warhead North Korean state media showed Kim Jong-un inspecting Sunday at the “Nuclear Weapons Institute” is indeed a miniaturized homemade hydrogen bomb, they will launch an invasion of North Korea and annex it within the next week.
"If China rolls their army into North Korea, and annexes the country in the next week, we know he [Kim Jong-un] had miniaturized nukes,” the DIA source said.
Pressed about the timing of China's prospective attack, the DIA official said ominously: "You'll know in the next week."
The DIA is an external intelligence service of the U.S. government which answers directly to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and is responsible for approximatelytwenty five percent of all intelligence content that goes into President Trump's Daily Brief.
On Monday South Korea’s defense chief Song Young-moo told lawmakers that the military suspects North Korea may have secured technology to produce miniaturized nuclear warheads that weigh less than 500 kilograms.
During a UN Security Council emergency meeting Monday in New York, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Kim Jong Un was "begging for war" as she urged the unelected body to adopt the “strongest sanctions measures” possible to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang responded Monday that China had made “stern representations” with North Korean diplomats following Sunday’s sixth and largest nuclear test at Pyongyang’s Punggye-ri site. He also said that all parties should “refrain from further escalating tensions”.
Neither China nor the U.S. have independently confirmed North Korea’s Hydrogen bomb claims, but a Chinese seismic research team led by Wen Lianxing of the University of Science and Technology of China announced Monday that they had measured Sunday's nuclear test at 108.3±48.1 kilotons, making Pyongyang’s device up to eight times more powerful than the nuclear bomb the U.S. dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.
The DIA source noted that America’s only leverage against China in this situation is the “complete and utter destruction” of North Korea, which the Chinese do not want.
The source explained that China wants North Korea’s territory in one piece to preserve the nations untapped mineral resources, which they plan to extract, utilize and profit from.
"They do not want the U.S. to nuke North Korea, and want to be given the option to intervene before the situation reaches that flash point."
In September 2016, South Korea’s state-run Korea Development Institute said that the mineral trade between North Korea and China remains a “cash cow” for Kim Jong-un despite UN sanctions, and that it accounted for 54% of Pyongyang’s total trade volume to China in the first half of that year.
In 2015 alone China imported $1 billion in coal from North Korea, as well as $73 million in iron ore, and $680,000 worth of zinc.
This also explains why China opposes a full international trade embargo of North Korea, a move the Editor-in-Chief of the state-influenced Global Times said would make Beijing the primary target for North Korean retaliation, and allow the U.S. and South Korean alliance to shift responsibility of the nuclear issue to China.
North Korea’s rare earth mineral reserves, which include large quantities of iron, gold, magnesite, zinc, copper, limestone, molybdenum and graphite, all necessary for the production of smartphones and other high tech products, are estimated to be valued between $6 trillion and $10 trillion.
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It won't be the first time that a near-panicked Japan has came close to the edge when it comes to North Korea, and in preparation for an "emergency" was planning to evacuate its citizens located in South Korea. The last such notable spike in escalations took place in April, when as the Yomiuri Shimbun reported at the time, the Japanese government had asked the U.S. to provide advance consultation if it is about to launch military action against North Korea, and "ramped up preparations for emergency situations", including the potential evacuation of some 57,000 Japanese citizens currently in South Korea.
Fast forward to today, when moments ago Japan's Nikkei reported that as tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights following Pyongyang's first (allegedly) hydrogen bomb test, Japan is planning a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea.
"There is a possibility of further provocations," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Monday meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers. "We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people."
In response to North Korea's sixth nuclear test, Japan and the U.S. are seeking a peaceful resolution by ratcheting up economic pressure on the rogue state through an oil embargo and other measures, while South Korea's president has also called for a currency/FX blockade of the Kim regime. And yet, what has spooked Tokyo is that on Sunday, Defense Secretary James Mattis also said any threat to the U.S. or its allies "will be met with a massive military response - a response both effective and overwhelming." Which means thousands of Japanese may soon be in harm's way.
According to Nikkei, there are currently about 38,000 long-term Japanese residents in South Korea, as well as another 19,000 or so tourists and other short-term travelers. "If the U.S. decided on a military strike against the North, the Japanese government would start moving toward an evacuation on its own accord regardless of whether the American plans are public," a Japanese government source said.
Tokyo is working on a four-tier emergency plan based on the severity of the situation: discouraging unessential travel to South Korea, discouraging all travel to South Korea, urging Japanese citizens there to evacuate, and finally, urging them to shelter in place.
Should skirmishes erupt between the two Koreas, for example, the Japanese government would discourage all new travel to South Korea. At the same time, it would urge citizens already there to evacuate using commercial flights. Although the Japanese Embassy would help secure airline reservations, the government's role under this scenario would mainly be to provide information.
But Japan would need to coordinate with South Korean authorities under a shelter-in-place scenario. If Pyongyang launched a major military attack that leads to the closure of South Korean airports, the Japanese embassy would urge citizens still in the country to stay at home, or move to a safer area within the South.
Also in case of a worst case scenario, Seoul has agreed to give Japanese citizens access to safe zones, such as designated subway stations, churches and shopping malls, according to a Japanese source. The Japanese government has already provided its citizens in South Korea with information on over 900 such facilities.
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Barely had the market digested news of the latest, 6th - and this time allegedly thermonuclear - test by North Korea (with the South Korean Kospi cutting initial losses of as much as 1.6% in half on yet another BTFNWD ramp), when Yonhap reported that South Korea's spy agency said it had detected that North Korea is making preparations for a possible intercontinental ballistic missile launch, a move that would further raise tensions a day after it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation.
Chang Kyung-soo, acting chief of the defense ministry’s policy planning office, told lawmakers on Monday that North Korea was making preparations for a missile firing, according to Bloomberg while Yonhap adds that South Korea's spy agency said there was a chance the North could fire an ICBM into the Pacific Ocean, saying that the isolated state was able to conduct a nuclear test at any time. Gen.
Jang didn’t say what the signs of activity were, nor did he give a time frame for a possible launch. But many experts have been preparing for a weapons test around Sept. 9, when North Korea marks the anniversary of its foundation in 1948.
His assessment was echoed by South Korean intelligence officers, who said North Korea could test launch another ICBM toward the northern Pacific Ocean or a submarine-launched ballistic missile, according to lawmakers who attended a closed-door legislative meeting on Monday. The intelligence officers also said North Korea could conduct further nuclear tests at any time, based on construction work on two tunnels at its test site that appear to be near completion, these lawmakers said.
Separately, Gen. Jang said the U.S. and South Korea are in talks about deploying an aircraft carrier or stealth bombers to South Korea as part of the response to North Korea’s recent actions. Top South Korean officials had said in recent days that the two allies were in discussions about the deployment of “strategic assets” to the Korean Peninsula. At the time, officials didn’t elaborate on what strategic assets they were considering, but the phrase typically refers to aircraft carriers, bombers or nuclear weapons.North Korea fired ballistic missiles, including two ICBMs fired in July, at a lofted angle to prevent them from crossing over other countries including Japan. But Pyongyang lobbed a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan last week."There is a possibility that the North would fire an ICBM on a standard trajectory," the NIS was quoted as saying by lawmakers.
The NIS also said that more analysis is needed to verify whether the North
detonated an electromagnetic pulse-based bomb or a hydrogen bomb during
its nuclear test, according to lawmaker. "North Korea claimed an H-bomb test, but we are analyzing it on the assumption that there could be three possibilities -- a hydrogen bomb, an atomic detonation and a boosted fissile weapon," the agency was quoted as saying.
It said that Pyongyang appeared to try to show that international sanctions are not working and to express its complaints against China or Russia by timing the detonation with a Beijing-hosted five emerging nations BRICS summit and Russia's economic forum slated for later this week."The North also seemed to want to spark tensions to pressure the United States into changing its North Korea policy," it added.It said that the latest detonation was conducted in a northern tunnel of its nuclear site in the northeastern area where Pyongyang previously carried out three tests.
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