US will have to accept North Korea’s nuclear status – Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile. © KCNA / Reuters

Washington will have to put up with Pyongyang’s nuclear status, a top official from North Korea’s Foreign Ministry has said, ruling out talks on the matter with the US.

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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] is not planning to hold talks on nuclear weapons and the US has to get along with the DPRK’s nuclear status,” Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American Department of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said, speaking at the 2017 Non-proliferation Conference in Moscow.

According to Choe, North Korea’s nuclear status is essential for securing stability and safety on the Korean peninsula and in north-eastern Asia by extension.

Pyongyang is ready to pacify the Americans and will fight fire with fire if necessary, the official continued.

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North Korea is living with a constant nuclear threat from the US. Last week unprecedented nuclear drills were held, involving US aircraft carriers and US strategic bombers,” she said.

READ MORE: US, South Korea begin naval drills off Korean Peninsula 

However, action brings counter-action,” the diplomat said. Our leader [North Korea’s Kim Jong-un] clarified our position, which states that we will pacify the US [and fight] fire with fire,” Choe added.

North Korea hasnuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, but won’t deploy them in the absence of a threat, Choe stated.

Our weapons are designed for the protection of our homeland from the constant nuclear threat from the US, she added.

READ MORE: US pushed N. Korea to create H-bomb – Pyongyang official

Pyongyang won’t supply nuclear weapons to third parties, notwithstanding its withdrawal from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Choe said.

Despite quitting NPT, we are committed to the idea of non-proliferation of our nuclear weapons,” the diplomat added.

According to the North Korean top diplomat, Pyongyang almost reached balance with the US in nuclear arsenal and will make sure that Washington does not speak about any “military actions against” North Korea.

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Pyongyang’s nuclear response will target solely the US, as Washington alone can carry out a nuclear attack, according to Choe.

“Our nuclear response will be directed at the US and won’t target any other country,” she said.

North Korea has recently been engaged in a fierce war of words with the US, repeatedly threatening to reduce its foe to “ashes and darkness.”

On Thursday, Pyongyang warned of an “unimaginable strike at an unimaginable time” on US targets, expressing outrage at the ongoing US-South Korean joint naval drills near the Korean Peninsula.

Earlier in October, An Tong Chun, head of North Korea’s delegation to the multinational Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), said that it was the US who “has pushed the DPRK to become a possessor of the hydrogen bomb.”

READ MORE: ‘Until first bomb drops’: Tillerson vows to continue diplomatic efforts on N. Korea

North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong escalated the rhetoric by warning the UN General Assembly that the crisis on the Korean Peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”

Earlier this week Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in order to comply with a UN Security Council resolution.

Moscow and Beijing have been pushing for a peaceful solution to the crisis, which would see North Korea suspend its nuclear and ballistic missile tests in exchange for a halt to joint US-South Korea drills. However, the US rejected the proposal.

DOCUMENTS SHOW OTHER DEMOCRATS, NOT JUST CLINTONS, ON RUSSIAN PAYROLL

Uranium One scandal threatens to bring down the entire Democratic Party

 | Infowars.com – OCTOBER 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the mainstream media continues to obsess over Paul Manafort and Gen. Michael Flynn’s supposed “Russian collusion,” totally ignored are the ties Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman John Podesta, had to both Uranium One and to Sherbank, Moscow’s largest state-run bank with close ties to international terrorism and to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As the Russians gained control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 through 2013, the Podesta Group was paid a total of $630,000 between 2010 and 2015 to represent Uranium One, the Russian-controlled firm with close financial ties to the Clinton Foundation that today controls 20 percent of all U.S. uranium produced.

Podesta ties to Russian Money, Putin, and Russian clandestine operations

Among the revelations made public through the 11.5 million documents leaked by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists detailing the legal and financial arrangements behind secretive off-shore banking transactions dating back to the 1970s was the disclosure Russia’s largest bank, the state-owned Sherbank, uses the Podesta Group as its registered lobbyist in Washington.

“Sberbank (Savings Bank in Russian) engaged the Podesta Group to help its public image—leading Moscow financial institutions not exactly being known for their propriety and wholesomeness—and specifically to help lift some of the pain of sanctions placed on Russia in the aftermath of the Kremlin’s aggression against Ukraine, which has caused real pain to the country’s hard-hit financial sector,” wrote former National Security Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer John R. Schindler in an article entitled “Panama Papers Reveal Clinton’s Kremlin Connection” published by the Observer on April 7, 2016.

“It’s hardly surprising that Sberbank sought the help of Democratic insiders like the Podesta Group to aid them in this difficult hour, since they clearly understand how American politics work,” Schindler continued.

“The question is why the Podesta Group took Sberbank’s money,” Schindler asked. “That financial institution isn’t exactly hiding in the shadows—it’s the biggest bank in Russia, and its reputation leaves a lot to be desired. Nobody acquainted with Russian finance was surprised that Sberbank wound up in the Panama Papers.”

Schindler noted that since the 1990s, Sberbank has grown to be Russia’s dominant bank, controlling nearly 30 percent of Russia’s aggregate banking assets and employing a quarter-million people.  The majority stockholder in Sberbank is Russia’s Central Bank, making Sberbank functionally an arm of the Russian government, though officially Sberbank is a private institution.

“Certainly, Western intelligence is well acquainted with Sberbank, noting its close relationship with Vladimir Putin and his regime. Funds moving through Sberbank are regularly used to support clandestine Russian intelligence operations, while the bank uses its offices abroad as cover for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service or SVR,” Schindler pointed out.

A NATO counterintelligence official explained that Sberbank, which has outposts in almost two dozen foreign countries, “functions as a sort of arm of the SVR outside Russia, especially because many of its senior employees are ‘former’ Russian intelligence officers.” Inside the country, Sberbank has an equally cozy relationship with the Federal Security Service or FSB, Russia’s powerful domestic intelligence agency.

On April 17, 2014, the Moscow Times reported Ukraine opened criminal proceedings against Sberbank and 13 other banks on suspicion of “financing terrorism.”

Schindler noted the Ukrainian criminal infestation concluded Sberbank had distributed millions of dollars in illegal aid to Russian-backed separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine, with the bank serving as “a witting supporter of Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

On April 5, 2016Lachlan Markay reporting in the Washington Free Beacon published the lobbying registration form the Podesta Group filed with the U.S. government proving Sberbank had contracted with the Podesta Group to advance their interests with banking, trade, and foreign relations.

Markay further reported that according to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a consortium of journalists exploring the Panama Papers leak, Sberbank and Troika Dialog have ties to companies used by members of Putin’s inner circle to funnel state resources into lucrative private investments.

“Some of these companies were initially connected to the Troika Dialog investment fund, which was controlled and run by Sberbank after the bank bought the Troika Dialog investment bank. Troika and Sberbank declined to comment,” Markay noted the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, concluded in a report published in April 2016.

On March 30, 2016, Politico reported the Podesta Group registered to lobby for the U.S. subsidiary of Sherbank to see if relief could be obtained for the bank in the easing of U.S. sanctions against Russia for Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict.

The Podesta Group and the Russian uranium scam

As first documented in Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book “Clinton Cash,” and confirmed in Jerome Corsi’s bestselling book “Partners in Crime: The Clinton’s Scheme to Monetize the White House,” Uranium One directed millions to the Clinton Foundation as the Russian government gained ownership of the company.

New York Times reporters Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, in an article entitled “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal,” that the newspaper printed on April 23, 2015, documented the tie between the Russians and the Clinton Foundation as the Uranium One deal evolved.

“As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation,” Becker and McIntire wrote.

“Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million,” the New York Times reporters continued.  “Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.”

Becker and McIntire further noted that shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

CIFUS is the acronym for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the inter-agency committee of the U.S. government, operating out of the U.S. Treasury, that is responsible to review and authorize transactions of a U.S. business that could result in a foreign person or entity undermining U.S. national security interests.

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was a member of CIFUS and she was the only presidential candidate in 2008 to make an issue of the importance of strengthening CIFUS to protect U.S. economic sovereignty and national security.

In October 2010, CIFUS reviewed and approved the Rosatom acquisition of majority control in Uranium One before the deal was done.

In 2013, Rosatom acquired all remaining shares of Uranium One. Becker and McIntire estimated that by 2015, after getting CIFUS approval, the Russians ended up controlling one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.

John Podesta served as Clinton Foundation CEO

According to a New York Times report published Aug. 13, 2013, in 2011, a wave of midlevel program staff members departed the Clinton Foundation, “reflecting the frustration of much of the foundation’s policy personnel with the old political hands running the organization.”

Around that time, in 2011, Bruce Lindsey, then the Clinton Foundation’s CEO, suffered a stroke, underscoring concerns about the foundation’s line of succession. John D. Podesta, a chief of staff in Mr. Clinton’s White House, stepped in for several months as temporary chief executive.

An earlier version of this report was published by Jerome R. Corsi, “Media Neglect Clinton-Linked Firm’s Role in Russia Scandal, WND.com, Sept. 28, 2016, http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/media-neglect-clinton-linked-firms-role-in-russia-scandal/.

 

Explosive new allegations about the ‘Trump dossier’ – and OBAMA

By Derrick Wilburn

“The Trump dossier” refers to that elusive collection of information that was supposed to bring Trump down. Said to contain everything from proof of “golden showers” with prostitutes in Russian hotel rooms, to evidence of collusion with Vladimir Putin. There’s just one problem surrounding the supposedly explosive “dossier” — it’s never been seen by anyone except those who produced the story of its existence.

Yet the dossier is — again — making headlines. Not because of damage it could do to Trump, but the damage it could do to Barack Obama and his “Justice” Department.

The Daily Caller News Foundation has run a story that’s shocking, to say the least. In it, the possibility — if not accusation — is presented that the dossier was a fictitious front the Obama DOJ used in order to secure surveillance warrants from U.S. courts to spy on the Trump campaign.

The Daily Caller, not known for excessive hyperbole, has pulled no punches in its description of the seriousness of the situation:

If the unsubstantiated dossier information was entered as verifiable information before a FISA court, the implications are “staggering,” former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova told TheDCNF.

That would mean the Obama administration pursued “a type of manipulation of intelligence data and false intelligence data to mislead a court,” diGenova said. “It’s staggering in terms of its implications.”

The possibility the Obama administration might use the unproven allegations before a FISA court “constitutes a crime of unbelievable dimensions,” he said, adding: “It requires the empanelment of a federal grand jury.”

Trump has long claimed that the Obama administration wiretapped his campaign headquarters, and last month it was revealed that one of his campaign advisors indeed was wiretapped under a secret order by the Obama administration. Could that action be the tip of the iceberg?

The Daily Caller explains:

Both the House and the Senate are investigating whether former President Barack Obama’s administration used intelligence in a salacious “Trump Dossier” as “evidence” before a secret federal surveillance court to obtain permission to spy on Donald Trump campaign aides and later his transition team.

Leaders in Congress are trying to find out if the Obama Justice Department and the FBI introduced the totally unsubstantiated material alleging unsavory connections between Trump and Russia before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, congressional aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The FBI used the dossier to secure permission to monitor the communications of Trump associate Carter Page, based on U.S. officials briefed on the Russia investigation, CNN reported in April.

The latest inquiries began Oct. 4, when the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence subpoenaed Fusion GPS, a political opposition research firm based in Washington, D.C., to appear before the committee and turn over bank documents. The committee is also seeking all Justice Department applications before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, also called the FISA court, to determine if any of the applicants rely on information from the dossier.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committeeasked FBI Director Christopher Wray Oct. 4 if the FBI may have improperly presented any of the dossier information to the FISA court.

The presentation of evidence before the special surveillance court would have been FBI-generated documents delivered by Obama Justice Department attorneys, according to a congressional source familiar with evidence requirements before the court. At the time, FBI Director James Comey presided over the bureau and  LyAttorney General Lorettanch oversaw the Justice Department.

Fusion GPS was the company behind the unsubstantiated dossier, and it was authored by Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 agent. Steele’s London-based company, Orbis Business Intelligence, compiled largely uncorroborated — and degrading — information on then-candidate Trump.

BuzzFeed published the dossier Jan. 10, despite a note at the top of the article noting “the allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.” Six major news outlets possessed the dossier for six months, but none released it, according to Grassley’s Oct. 4 letter to the FBI.

House Democrats and Fusion GPS have denounced the House committee’s subpoena on procedural grounds because GOP Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the committee’s chairman, issued the subpoena. Nunes stepped aside from the committee on the Russia inquiry but claims he retained all other chairmanship responsibilitieshe stated last April.

Attorneys for the firm refused to honor the subpoenas On Oct. 16, informing the committee in a 17-page letter that Fusion GPS executives would invoke their “constitutional privileges” and refuse to testify or turn over any documents.

Two Fusion GPS executives refused to answer every question posed by the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. GPS Executives Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan invoked Fifth Amendment privileges from being compelled to give self-incriminating testimony, according to a committee source. Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson will also be brought before the committee over the next few weeks.”

Here we go with the refusal to testify and invoking of the Fifth again. Kind of like all of the Clinton State Department employees when Congress wanted to know about smashing cell phones and laptops with hammers. What is it with these people and their refusal to level with the American people?

If it turns out to be true that a sitting president’s Justice Department actually faked information for the purposes of persuading a court to allow it to spy on a political rival, this could be Watergate-esque. The very words of President Obama himself will ring more true than ever: “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth, are people with something to hide.”HIL

ATTORNEY: MUELLER HID RUSSIAN BRIBERY SCANDAL FROM CONGRESS; MUST RESIGN NOW

“It totally comprises their integrity”

 | Infowars.com – OCTOBER 18, 2017

Attorney Gregg Jarrett is calling on Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein to resign from the investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump administration having themselves been complicit in Russian collusion by approving the sale of 20% of US uranium reserves to RussiSE.

Mueller and Rosenstein were on the CFIUS committee that approved the sale despite knowing that, as The Hill reported, “Russian nuclear officials were engaged in a racketeering scheme involving bribes, kickbacks and money laundering,” that also ensnared the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary was also on the committee that rubber stamped the deal while her husband was receiving huge speaking fees from Russian officials as millions in “charitable donations” poured into the coffers of the Clinton Foundation from Russia.

Asked by Hannity how the likes of Rosenstein and Mueller could now be judging the Trump administration over Russian collusion having themselves been complicit in Russian collusion, Jarrett was unequivocal.

“They’ve got to be fired or they have to resign,” he responded, adding, “It totally compromises their integrity, I don’t see any other way out.”

“Rosenstein hid this information when he knew it….hiding this information, not disclosing it to Congress, when they had a legal obligation to do so seems to me to be unconscionable and they have no more integrity associate now with their Trump collusion case,” said Jarrett.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has now launched a full scale investigation into the bribery scandal, although as The Hill columnist Joe Concha points out, the bombshell story is being ignored by the media.

“This important & explosive story from Solomon and Spann of The Hill received exactly zero seconds of airtime on the evening newscasts,” he tweeted.

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Hannity also delivered a stinging monologue last night in which he decimated the media for obsessing about baseless conspiracy theories about the Russians colluding with Trump while giving the Clintons a free pass.

State Dept approves $113mn sale of air-to-air missiles to Japan amid N Korea tensions

An F-35 launches an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile © U.S. Air Force

The US State Department has approved the sale of $113 million-worth of US-made air-to-air missiles known as AMRAAMs to Japan, as war talk between Pyongyang and Tokyo heats up.

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The weapons package is expected to include up to 56 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), manufactured by Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona. The final sale, however, has yet to be negotiated between the US and Japanese governments, Defense News reported.

This week, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress about the potential sale, DSCA said in a statement.

The AMRAAM missiles can be carried by a wide range of fighter jets to shoot down targets in the air.

“There will be no adverse impact on US defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale,” DCSA said in its statement. However, Defense News reported that Raytheon is currently struggling to fill US demands for the AMRAAM due to difficulties in refreshing components that are becoming obsolete.

The proposed sale comes as the United States and North Korea exchange threats of mutual destruction, with the latter saying it may target US allies in the region South Korea and Japan.

Japan’s campaign to put pressure on North Korea to relinquish its nuclear program is a “suicidal deed” that will bring “nuclear clouds” to the country, said a commentary released by the North’s state-controlled news agency this week,  according to the Independent.

“What is needed is not dialogue, but pressure,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the UN General Assembly in September, as he urged the international community to abandon attempts at dialogue with the North. “For North Korea, dialogue was instead the best means of deceiving us and buying time,” he said.

North Korea had carried out a series of nuclear tests over the past few months, in response to which the UN Security Council imposed several rounds of biting sanctions against Pyongyang.

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Having approved the sanctions and condemned the North’s nuclear tests, UNSC permanent member Russia has urged all sides to cool down their rhetoric and engage in dialogue.

“All sides must ease the rhetoric and find ways for face-to-face dialogue between the United States and North Korea, as well as between North Korea and countries in the region,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. “Only this will help in finding balanced and reasonable decisions.”

“We’ve been clear that now is not the time to talk,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday.

“The only conversations that have taken place were that… would be on bringing back Americans who have been detained,” Sanders said. “Beyond that, there will be no conversations with North Korea at this time.”

As the standoff continues between the North on the one side and the US and its allies on the other, a new study estimated that up to 2.1 million people would be killed if Pyongyang launched a nuclear attack on Seoul and Tokyo.

The report’s author, Michael J. Zagurek Jr., said that “history is replete with ‘rational actors’ grossly miscalculating, especially in crisis situations,” and that another nuclear or missile test might trigger a hostile reaction from the United States, prompting a nuclear strike from the North Korean regime.