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Yuli Ban
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Everyone's favorite totalitarian madhouse.
Still always going to remember August-September 2017 so dearly, that time North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb, threatened Guam, shot a missile over Japan, and """best""" of all was in a pissmatch with Donald Trump.
I used to think that the tensions back in 2015 were extreme. I was seriously concerned they were actually going to do it at the time. But 2017 took the cake. And I mean it really did— Trump was actually gonna do it. They and Venezuela were going to get flattened. More than just about any point in the past 15 years with any other flashpoint, we came outrageously close to disaster. I don't think even the Ukraine crisis this past year was so close to devastation as we were with North Korea in the summer of 2017.


I await the first time they test Biden, but I think it's going to be disappointing because they know Biden's just a more senile version of Obama. Plus they watched what went down in Ukraine for some extra information.

North Korea hits out after U.S. okayed South to build more powerful missiles
North Korea said Monday the U.S. allowing South Korea to build more powerful missiles was an example of the U.S.’s hostile policy against the North, warning that it could lead to an “acute and instable situation” on the Korean Peninsula.

It’s North Korea’s first response to the May 21 summit between the leaders of the United States and South Korea, during which the U.S. ended decades-long restrictions that capped South Korea’s missile development and allowed its ally to develop weapons with unlimited ranges.

The accusation of U.S. policy being hostile to North Korea matters because it said it won’t return to talks and would enlarge its nuclear arsenal as long as U.S. hostility persists. But the latest statement was still attributed to an individual commentator, not a government body, suggesting North Korea may still want to leave room for potential diplomacy with the Biden administration.
And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future
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U.S. came ‘much closer’ to war with North Korea in 2017 than the public knew, Trump told Woodward
Jim Mattis slept in his gym clothes when he was President Trump's secretary of defense so that he could more quickly join a top-secret conference call whenever he received an alert that a North Korean missile had been launched or was on the launchpad. A flashing light was installed in his home’s bathroom so he would know immediately, if such an alert came while he was showering. A bell would also ring in the bedroom and kitchen.

This happened several times during the summer of 2017, according to Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward’s new book.

The coverage of “Rage” has focused on Trump willfully downplaying the seriousness of the novel coronavirus during the early stages of the pandemic. But perhaps the most chilling revelation in the book, which went on sale Tuesday, is just how real the danger of a nuclear confrontation with North Korea seemed to the leaders of the U.S. government three summers ago.

The schoolyard taunts from that time received plenty of attention. Kim Jong Un called Trump a “dotard.” Trump referred to Kim as “little rocket man” and promised to rain down “fire and fury” if provoked. But there were also a series of missile launches and significant tactical escalations by both sides, including a simulated air attack by the U.S. Air Force, that registered little domestic attention.

In one of 17 on-the-record interviews for the book, Trump told Woodward that war with Pyongyang was “much closer than anyone would know.” The president argued that conflict was averted because of his flattering letters to and three face-to-face meetings with the 30-something totalitarian leader. Trump said Kim was “totally prepared” for war. “And he expected to go,” the president said. “But we met.”
And people wonder why I'm so gung-ho about developing artificial general intelligence. We NEED some way to keep knowledge and information safe and a vastly better way to use it than relying on humans should anything go wrong. In other words, we need a backup for civilization, and my belief is AGI is such a backup. Because things can go very, very wrong at a moment's notice.
And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future
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North Korea’s Kim calls food situation ‘tense’ as reports of shortages mount

By Simon Denyer
June 16, 2021 at 3:05 a.m. EDT

TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called the country's food situation "tense," state media reported Wednesday, amid mounting reports of shortages.

Opening a plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee, Kim claimed the economy had improved this year, with industrial production up 25 percent from a year earlier, and he generally struck a more upbeat tone than in February, when he had admitted the country’s economic plan had “failed tremendously.”

Nevertheless, Kim’s admission about food shortages speaks of a problem that can’t be glossed over.

Last year, North Korea faced its worst slump in more than two decades, experts say, largely due to the self-imposed closure of the border with China, a measure designed to keep the coronavirus pandemic at bay. There were reports of acute power cuts and factory closures, with coal and fertilizer production hit by electricity shortages and lack of spare parts.
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Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to North Korea
June 23, 2021

https://www.federalregister.gov/documen ... orth-korea

Extract:
(Federal Register) The existence and risk of the proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466, expanded in scope in Executive Order 13551, addressed further in Executive Order 13570, further expanded in scope in Executive Order 13687, and under which additional steps were taken in Executive Order 13722 and Executive Order 13810, must continue in effect beyond June 26, 2021. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466 with respect to North Korea.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

Signed by President J.R. Biden
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Kim Jong-un: North Korea sees 'grave incident' after Covid lapses

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Kim Jong-un has berated top officials over lapses which caused a "grave incident" related to Covid-19, North Korean state media report.

It was a rare sign of the pandemic's severity in North Korea, which previously insisted it had no Covid cases - a claim doubted by experts.

The country has closed its borders to keep out the virus.

But coupled with international sanctions, this has led to food shortages and a worsening economy.

Mr Kim previously admitted there was a "tense" food situation and told citizens to prepare for the "worst-ever" outcome, invoking comparisons to the country's deadly 1990s famine.
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North Korea food shortage turns into new Asia humanitarian crisis
Source: Nikki Asia
North Korea's food shortages have reached crisis levels, and inequalities have sharply widened ever since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the country to close its borders in January last year.

The reclusive nation will be short by about 860,000 tons of food this year, or about two months of normal demand, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization estimated in a recent report.

The government has been trying to get the population to supply their own food but with little success. News agencies with sources inside the country are reporting starvation deaths as well as an increase in the number of children and elderly who have resorted to begging.

Jiro Ishimaru of AsiaPress said North Korea's current food shortage is quickly shaping up to be the worst humanitarian crisis in Asia. In a column earlier this month, he said it was "frustrating that the reality of the situation has not been conveyed to the world."

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