North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.
The announcement follows a fresh round of UN sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear test last month.
Earlier, Pyongyang said it reserved the right to a pre-emptive nuclear strike against its “aggressors”.
The US said it took the threats seriously, but that “extreme rhetoric” was not unusual for Pyongyang.
South Korea’s defence ministry said that the North would become “extinct” if it went through with its threat.
The North Korean announcement, carried on the KCNA state news agency, said the North was cancelling all non-aggression pacts with the South and closing the main Panmunjom border crossing inside the Demilitarized Zone.
FLASHBACK 27 May 2009: North Korea abandons truce and threatens to attack the South
Pyongyang said that South Korea’s decision to start intercepting ships that are suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction was tantamount to “a declaration of war against us”.
The statement follows a number of missile tests and an underground nuclear test by the North in the last two days.
The statement, through North Korea’s state newswire, warned Seoul that North Korea “will no longer be bound by the armistice accord” and that the “Korean peninsula will go back to a state of war”.
Pyongyang had previously warned Seoul that joining the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) would have fearful consequences.
No formal peace treaty has ever been signed between the two countries, but an armistice in 1953 and a Mutual Defence treaty between the US and South Korea effectively ended the Korean war.
North Korea has threatened to scrap the armistice which ended the 1950-53 Korean War if the South and US continue with an ongoing military drill.
The Korean People’s Army Supreme Command spokesman issued the statement Tuesday, according to the state KCNA news agency. Pyongyang warned it will cancel the Korean War cease-fire agreement on March 11 if the drills are not halted.
Details of the tentative sanctions remained murky, with UN diplomats telling Reuters on condition of anonymity they hoped to receive the draft resolution at Tuesday’s council session.
The announcement from Pyongyang comes as South Korean and US troops launched their annual joint military drills on Friday. Some 10,000 US troops and 200,000 South Korean soldiers are currently taking part in the exercises.
North Korea had previously warned the US commander in South Korea of “miserable destruction” if the US military went ahead with the two-month-long exercise, Yonhap News Agency reported on Friday.
The same UN that authorized an ECOWAS invasion of Mali, that quickly changed to a France / NATO invasion, and created what the UN now calls a “humanitarian crisis in Mali”, has just awarded the creator of this crisis, France’s President Francois Hollande, with the UNESCO Peace Prize for his “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa”.
So France and NATO’s arming and funding of Al Qaeda terrorists to overthrow Libya, which has resulted in the destabilization Africa, and has conveniently provided the excuse for neo colonial invasions of multiple African countries, this equals peace and stability in Africa????
France has also just sent Special Forces troops into Cameroon to find hostages in Nigeria… sure, things are looking really peaceful and stable in Africa.
2013.2.21 Prize for Killing? UN Honors Hollande For Peace As War Goes On In Mali (Interviews Abayomi Azikiwe) (RT, youtube.com):
The French President will be awarded a UNESCO Peace Prize for the operation in Mali. An official states that Francois Hollande made a “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa”. For more on the UNESCO move RT talks to Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at Pan-African News Wire.
WAR ON AFRICA; France Sends Special Forces Troops Into Cameroon To Find Hostages That Are In Nigeria
The destabilization of Africa continues to spread, now from Mali to Cameroon and Nigeria.
But this hasn’t stopped the UN from awarding France’s President Francois Hollande with the UNESCO Peace Prize for his “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa”.
2013.2.22 French Troops Land In Cameroon As Mali Fallout Continues (PressTV, youtube.com):
Collateral damage from France’s war in Mali may have expanded as a French family of seven, including four children, were kidnapped in Cameroon.
No group has taken responsibility, and there have been conflicting reports as to whether or not the hostages have been released.
FASCISM RISING; America, Hillary Clinton’s Values, ‘More Like Mein Kampf’, ‘Hitler Would Be Envious’
“Hitler would be envious of getting the kind of respect that this society gets for doing many of the same things that people were put on trial in Nuremberg for doing.” – Dr. Randy Short
Dr. Randy Short should be commended for telling the truth… a revolutionary act in this time of universal deceit.
Hitlery KKKlinton’s reign of terror as Secretary Of State was one of the most destructive and worst examples of “political diplomacy” in US history.
Now we have the reign of John Kerry to look forward to… a man with so many skeletons in his closet (ie, BCCI cover up, Skull & Bones) he could almost make the Bush Crime Family blush. It’s interesting how the media is portraying Obama’s selection of Chuck Hagel as Secretary Of Defense (SecDef) as some great move towards “peace”, yet they completely ignore Kerry’s pro “War On Iran” stance. Even Kerry’s fascist wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, said Bush was too easy on Iran:
“The only way to prevent the virus from surviving and spreading,” the former Mrs. Heinz advises, “is to attack, killing it with the strongest possible condemnations before it has a chance to mutate and spread.”
Speaking of ketchup… the Heinz Kerry’s also has a vendetta against Venezuela for nationalizing some of their Heinz factories… so don’t be surprised to see more destabilization actions against Venezuela. Obama could not have picked a worse person for this position.
People better start recognizing exactly what Randy Short is saying here… it may sound like he’s joking, but I’ll assure you that he’s not…
2013.2.2 ‘US Continues To Pursue Fascist Values’ (Interviews Dr. Randy Short; Hillary Clinton’s Farewell Speech To State Department) (PressTV, youtube.com):
A political analyst tells Press TV that the US values are very strange values that do not jibe with the Declaration of Human Rights, with the UN or any other civilized country.
The comments came after Hillary Clinton gave a farewell speech to US citizens on Friday after sending a letter of resignation to President Barack Obama as her last act in the US State Department in Washington, DC.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Randy Short, member of Dignity, Human Rights and Peace organization, to further discuss the issue.
The Earth has been getting warmer — but how much of that heat is due to greenhouse gas emissions and how much is due to natural causes?
A leaked report by a United Nations’ group dedicated to climate studies says that heat from the sun may play a larger role than previously thought.
“[Results] do suggest the possibility of a much larger impact of solar variations on the stratosphere than previously thought, and some studies have suggested that this may lead to significant regional impacts on climate,” reads a draft copy of a major, upcoming report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The man who leaked the report, StopGreenSuicide blogger Alec Rawls, told FoxNews.com that the U.N.’s statements on solar activity were his main motivation for leaking the document.
‘The main premises and conclusions of the IPCC story line have been undercut by the IPCC itself.’
– StopGreenSuicide blogger Alec Rawls
“The public needs to know now how the main premises and conclusions of the IPCC story line have been undercut by the IPCC itself,” Rawls wrote on his website in December, when he first leaked the report.
Rawls blames the U.N. for burying its point about the effect of the sun in Chapter 11 of the report.
“Even after the IPCC acknowledges extensive evidence for … solar forcing beyond what they included in their models, they still make no attempt to account for this omission in their predictions. … It’s insane,” he told FoxNews.com.
Some skeptical climatologists say that the statement in the U.N. draft report is important, but not game-changing.
“The solar component is real but not of sufficient magnitude to have driven most of the warming of the late 20th century,” Pat Michaels, the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists, and current director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, told FoxNews.com.
The U.N. report also says that the effect of solar activity will be “much smaller than the warming expected from increases in [man-made] greenhouse gases.”
An estimate from NASA said that solar variations caused 25 percent of the 1.1 degree Fahrenheit warming that has been observed over the past century.
But Michaels said that if the U.N. increases its estimates about how much the sun affects Earth’s temperatures, it might help the U.N. get its prediction models back on track. While the Earth warmed over the last two decades, it did so more slowly than the U.N. had predicted.
“Climate science has the problem of trying to explain why we are now in our 17th year without a significant warming trend. As a result, you are seeing many forecasts of warming for this century being ratcheted down,” he said.
Others say that the focus on solar activity distracts from the big picture — the fact that the Earth is warming.
“I see climate contrarians try this trick almost every time a big new solar study comes out. They somehow tend to neglect mentioning that solar variation is smaller than the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide,” Aaron Huertas of the Union of Concerned Scientists told FoxNews.com.
To back that up, Huertas points to data that show that solar activity and temperature rose together from 1880 until 1960, but that then, solar activity stopped increasing — even as temperatures continued going up.
“The basic evidence is that solar activity has varied a bit while global temperature keeps going up,” Huertas said.
But Rawls said that while solar activity has indeed stopped increasing, the important thing is that it remains at a historically high level.
“The simplest way to put it is: If you put a pot on the stove at the maximum temperature, and leave it on at that temperature — are you telling me that the pot won’t keep warming?”
Rawls worries that if solar activity falls, the effects could be dire.
“Unlike warming, cooling really is dangerous, regularly dropping the planet into hundred-thousand-year-long glacial periods.”
NASA has said that there is evidence that the most recent “Little Ice Age” was caused by a dip in solar activity.
“Almost no sunspots were observed on the sun’s surface during the period from 1650 to 1715. This extended absence of solar activity may have been partly responsible for the Little Ice Age in Europe,” during which temperatures were colder by about 1.8 degrees F than they are today, NASA has reported.
But Huertas said that’s not what we should worry about at a time when the effects of warming are already being felt.
“Climate change is affecting weather all across the planet and when it comes to extreme weather, the strongest links are to coastal flooding [and] heat waves,” Huertas said.
“While climate skeptics are arguing on the Internet about drafts of the report, states like New York and New Jersey are working to help people rebuild their homes in ways that have a better chance of surviving more destructive storms and flooding in the future,” he said.
WAR ON AFRICA; Central African Republic (CAR), Will France Invade To Save Puppet President Francois Bozize?
I believe the answer is yes, but covertly…
Obama has already sent US troops to the Central African Republic (CAR), supposedly to fight the ghost of Joseph Kony… so with the combination of French and US Special Forces, France already moving surveillance drones (UAV’s) into Africa, and the UN’s plan to begin using drones (UAV’s) for their African “missions”, like the upcoming War On Mali, it sounds very much like we already have a covert war in progress…
2013.1.9 Will France Invade The Central African Republic Yet Again? (PressTV, youtube.com):
At mediation efforts in Gabon, the Central African Republic’s embattled president, Francois Bozizé, has said he refuses to step down. In the past, France has intervened military to save Bozizé, and many wonder if they will do so yet again.
Press TV’s Ramin Mazaheri reports from Paris.
The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a Senate resolution introduced by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that calls on the U.S. government to oppose United Nations control of the Internet.
The 397-0 vote is meant to send a signal to countries meeting at a U.N. conference on telecommunications this week. Participants are meeting to update an international telecom treaty, but critics warn that many countries’ proposals could allow U.N. regulation of the Internet.
“The 193 member countries of the United Nations are gathered to consider whether to apply to the Internet a regulatory regime that the International Telecommunications Union created in the 1980s for old-fashioned telephone service,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said on the House floor.
The issue of America’s past, present, and continuing support of Israel is one of the most controversial foreign programs the U.S. government facilitates. Besides being one of the first nations to recognize Israel after the UN decree in 1947, U.S. foreign aid to the small Middle Eastern ally has gone unabated for many decades.
However, in an essay written on Nov. 26 by Congressman Ron Paul, it is that very same financial support by the U.S. over the years, that is the driving force behind past, and recent conflicts in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian territory.
It feels like 2009 all over again, which is the last time this kind of violence broke out in Gaza. At that time over 1,400 Palestinians were killed, of which just 235 were combatants. The Israelis lost 13 of which 10 were combatants. At that time I said of then-President Bush’s role in the conflict:
“It’s our money and our weapons. But I think we encouraged it. Certainly, the president has said nothing to diminish it. As a matter of fact, he justifies it on moral grounds, saying, oh, they have a right to do this, without ever mentioning the tragedy of Gaza…. To me, I look at it like a concentration camp.”
The US role has not changed under the Obama administration. The same mistakes continue. As journalist Glen Greenwald wrote last week:
“For years now, US financial, military and diplomatic support of Israel has been the central enabling force driving this endless conflict. The bombs Israel drops on Gazans, and the planes they use to drop them, and the weapons they use to occupy the West Bank and protect settlements are paid for, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer…” – Paul.House.Gov
For years, Israel, along with Iran, were the two pillars of Western foreign policy in the Middle East, and the protectors of the vastly important oil trade. This changed in 1979 with the overthrow of the Shaw of Iran, and it left Israel vulnerable to many threats from ancient and modern enemies in the region.
Yet more confirmation that the Syrian conflict is an external invasion of the country and not a civil war.
It’s been widely reported that some of the countries supplying funding, weapons, and apparently troops, are Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Note, all these countries have British controlled governments.
Syrian Support Group Inc. (SSG) Director Of Government Relations (ie, terrorism lobbyist) Brian Sayers admitted in his BBC interview that their group is supplying NATO’s Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists with money and weapons, and that they would like to be the “single source” conduit for all support (ie, so they can direct arms elsewhere to spread the conflict, and take some money off the top for themselves). Sayers even mentions Qatar and Saudi Arabia as funding the rebels, so this is no secret.
I would second the notion given by Daoud Khairallah in the video below… this is economic warfare.
2012.10.2 95% Of Syrian Rebels Not Syrians, Report (RT, youtube.com):
The Syrian crisis is a result of a coherent collective effort by a gang of foreign
states – that’s the message Syria’s foreign minister laid out for the UN General
International law professor Daoud Khairallah says that Syrians would never
inflict such vicious destruction on their homeland and the fact that foreign
fighters are involved in the war runs against the UN charter.