North Korea Strengthening Ties With Iran: ‘Tehran and Pyongyang Have a Common Enemy’
(CNSNews.com) – North Korea’s provocative actions and belligerent rhetoric directed at the United States come at a time when the Stalinist regime is strengthening ties with another government hostile towards the U.S., building on decades of missile and nuclear program collaboration.
Pyongyang’s second most-senior leader, Kim Yong-nam, attended re-elected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony at the weekend, and at meetings with senior Iranian officials the two regimes praised each other for standing up to the U.S.
North Korea also inaugurated a new embassy in Tehran. The Trump administration has been urging countries to downgrade or suspend their diplomatic ties with Pyongyang over its missile launches.
In its account of a meeting between Kim and parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, the Mehr news agency quoted Larijani as saying North Korea had “shown praiseworthy resistance against U.S. bullying.”
The North Korean official – who is chairman of the Supreme Assembly of North Korea – had in turn declared that “Tehran and Pyongyang have a common enemy.”
Kim also backed Iran’s right to launch ballistic missiles, in the face of Western criticism.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has stated that no authorization is required for the building and firing of missiles, and we support this strong position,” Mehr quoted Kim as saying.
“He said North Korea will not abandon its national interests and urged the U.S. to stop its hostile policies to North Korea,” the news agency continued.
“He underlined that countries make their own destiny by relying on their power, and no state should surrender to excessive powers, because it has been proven that the United States has invaded countries that are weak in terms of military power.”
“Time and date will pass and change, but our common enemy will not change at all, and the United States continues to its bullying policies,” it quoted him as saying.
Kim called for a deepening of relations with Iran, to serve both countries’ interests.
When he met with Kim, Rouhani said Iran’s excellent ties with North Korea would continue, adding that all nations should be treated with respect and that “interference in other countries’ internal affairs” was wrong.
The inauguration of Pyongyang’s new embassy in Iran was attended by North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Hui-chol and Iranian vice foreign minister Ebrahim Rahimpour, according to a report by North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun.
Choe in a speech extolled strategic relations between the two governments’ leaders in their “common struggle for independence against imperialism.”
In his remarks, Rahimpour said the Iranian people remember North Korea’s “sincere help and solidarity” when Iran faced hard times, and would in turn “fully support the struggle of the Korean people at all times,” the report said.
Iran and North Korea have both drawn condemnation for their ballistic missile programs and tests.
The two have been collaborating in missile development since at least the early 1990s. Experts from each country have observed missile launches in the other, and weapons specialists have long reported on similarities between Iranian and North Korean ballistic missiles.
Among individuals targeted in U.S. sanctions for their role in ballistic missile procurement for Iran is an Iranian who the U.S. Treasury Department has linked to shipments from North Korea of “equipment suitable for use in ground testing of liquid propellant ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles.”
A 2011 report by a U.N. panel on North Korea raised concern about Iran-North Korea missile cooperation that would violate multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.
“Prohibited ballistic missile-related items are suspected to have been transferred between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran on regular scheduled flights of [North Korean flag carrier] Air Koryo and Iran Air, with trans-shipment through a neighboring third country,” the report said.
(The “third country” was said by diplomats at the time to be China, which sought to block release of the U.N. report.)
In 2015 the exiled opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) claimed that North Korean nuclear warhead experts were secretly visiting Iran, and that Iranian officials involved in nuclear and missile-related activities were also visiting North Korea regularly.
Another NCRI report, last June, claimed that Iran has established missile facilities based on North Korean models, with the help of visiting North Korean experts.
“These North Korean experts who were sent to Iran, trained the main IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] missile experts in IRGC garrisons, including the Almehdi Garrison situated southwest of Tehran,” the report said.
NCRI claimed the North Korean experts have been involved in helping the IRGC to develop warhead and guidance systems for its missiles.
In its annual assessment of worldwide threats, the intellligence community told U.S. lawmakers last May that “North Korea’s export of ballistic missiles and associated materials to several countries, including Iran” was an illustration of “its willingness to proliferate dangerous technologies.”
N. Korea Targets Guam’s U.S. Military Presence – Which Congressman Warned Could Cause Island to ‘Tip Over’
While reports North Korea may attack Guam because of U.S. military bases there have concerned Congress, one congressman has expressed fear the U.S. presence there may actually cause the small island nation to “tip over and capsize.”
North Korea is, reportedly, “examining the operational plan” of a strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. On Tuesday evening, the isolated state of North Korea warned of a strike on Guam, which has a large military presence, just hours after President Donald Trump warned that the regime would face “fire and fury” if they continued their threats.
The country’s state-run news service, KCNA, reported that the military is looking into striking several areas around the island, including Andersen Air Force Base, with ballistic missiles in order “to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.”
Guam has a population of about 162,000 people, including many military personnel and their families. It is only 210 square miles large and within the estimated range of one of North Korea’s medium-range ballistic missiles.
Many Democrats in Congress, as well as some Republicans, criticized President Trump’s “fire and fury” statement. Sen. Diane Feinstein feared that “President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments.”
However, this is not the first time a Democrat has been worried about Guam.
In 2010, Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia expressed his fear in a congressional hearing that the island would tip over due to the added weight of deploying 8,000 more Marines to U.S. military bases there.
“This is an island that at its widest level is, what, 12 miles from shore to shore? And at its smallest level, smallest location it’s 7 miles between one shore and the other. Is that correct?” Rep. Johnson asked Admiral Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet during an Armed Services Committee hearing.
“I don’t have the exact dimensions, but to your point, sir, I think Guam is a small island,” responded Admiral Willard.
“Very small island and about 24 miles, if I recall, long. Twenty-four miles long, about seven miles wide at the least widest place on the island and about 20, about 12 miles wide on the widest part of the island, and I don’t know how many square miles that is. Do you happen to know?” Rep. Johnson asked.
“I don’t have that figure with me sir, I can certainly supply it to you if you’d like,” Willard replied.
“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,” Rep. Johnson said without a hint of humor.
“We don’t anticipate that, the Guam population currently about 175,000 and again with about 8,000 marines and their families that’s an addition of about 25,000 more into the population,” the admiral replied.
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North Korea responds to Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ statement
Aug 9, 2017 BY DEAN DANIELS
Following President Trump’s statement on Tuesday against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his regime, North Korea is continuing its wringing threats of nuclear strikes against the U.S.
On Wednesday, state-run media warned that North Korea would “turn the U.S. mainland into the theater of a nuclear war” if there were any indications of a possible American attack, according to a report from The Hill.
“He has been very threatening, beyond a normal state. And, as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before,” Trump said from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Tuesday afternoon, referring to the communist dictatorship.
Many critics have condemned Trump’s comments, including Sen. John McCain. According to McCain, Trump’s statement is not likely to help the situation. Asked by a local Arizona reporter if he’s surprised that North Korea may have a nuclear weapon that could be mounted on a ballistic missile, McCain said he’s not surprised by the news, but he finds the announcement worrisome.
“I’m usually one who puts a lot of blame on President Trump,” McCain said. But he quickly admitted that the president can’t be blamed for the current state of relations between the United States and North Korea.
Mainstream media elites have also been attempting to quiver their audience with fear, following the trading of verbal statements between the two countries’ leaders, even going as far as suggesting a new, imminent Cold War era is coming.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, who is usually rather supportive of Trump, said the president’s comments about how he would deal with North Korea were “over the top.”
However, some have shown support toward Trump’s rhetoric. During an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, “President Trump has basically drawn a red line, saying that he’ll never allow North Korea to have an [intercontinental ballistic missile] that can hit America with a nuclear weapon on top.”
Graham, who doesn’t often have nice things to say about Trump, appeared to hold a high level of confidence in the president’s ability to keep North Korea at bay. When speaking about how Trump will handle the threat posed by North Korea, Graham said, “He’s not going to let that happen. He’s not going to contain the threat, he’s going to stop the threat.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said he doesn’t believe there is “any imminent threat” from North Korea, and urged Americans to remain calm.
“What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un can understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language,” Tillerson said. “I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S.’ unquestionable ability to defend itself … will defend itself and its allies.”
Trump tweeted Wednesday about his successful boosting of the U.S.’ nuclear arsenal since he was elected into office. In addition, a recently resurfaced 1999 interview video of then-Trump Organization CEO Donald Trump proves he has the right mindset to handle the threat of North Korea.
And if North Korea is attempting to bolster an image of defiance, it is clearly lacking since it just released a highly-coveted Canadian prisoner early Wednesday morning, following Trump’s declaration.
FLASHBACK: ALEX JONES EXPOSES HOW BILL CLINTON ARMED NORTH KOREA
U.S. government responsible for arming the hostile nation
Aug 9, 2017
Alex breaks down how the U.S. helped North Korea attain the means to develop a nuclear arsenal.
The liberal media would like to blame Donald Trump for the current situation with North Korea, but in reality Bill Clinton is responsible for the mess.
The world has been on edge ever since Donald Trump said North Korea threats “will be met with fire and fury.”
FLASHBACK: TRUMP’S 2015 WARNINGS ABOUT NKOREA’S ‘MANIAC WITH NUKES’
President has been sounding alarm on NK for a long time
Aug 9, 2017 by Dan Lyman
President Trump has been sounding the alarm about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and the real threat posed by “maniac” Kim Jong-un since the beginning of his campaign in 2015.
During a Republican presidential debate on Sept. 16, 2015, Trump was asked his opinion on the Iran nuclear deal brokered by Barack Obama. After briefly addressing the matter, he pivoted into issuing a stark warning about North Korea and the immediate danger they present with an erratic madman at the wheel.
“Nobody ever mentions North Korea, where you have this maniac sitting there, and he actually has nuclear weapons,” Trump said, while failed opponent Jeb Bush observed with a patronizing smile. “Somebody better start thinking about North Korea.”
“We’re talking about Iran – they’re bad actors, bad things are going to happen, but in the meantime you have somebody right now in North Korea who’s got nuclear weapons, and who is saying almost every other week, ‘I’m ready to use them,’ and we don’t even mention it.”
In a follow-up interview on his statements, Trump doubled-down on his assertions.
“I said last night – we’re talking about Iran, and in the meantime you have North Korea, where they actually have the nukes already made, and you have this maniac over there threatening them every two weeks that, ‘We’re going to use them on the United States and every place else,’ and nobody even talks about it, nobody mentions him,” Trump said. “He actually has the nukes – Iran does not.”
“It’s a terrible situation. We’re run by incompetent people.”
Tensions between the US and North Korea have reached a boiling and could escalate into nuclear war at any moment, as Pyongyang has threatened to attack the US territory of Guam, and Trump has promised “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim makes a move.
President Trump tweeted about the rejuvenation of the US nuclear arsenal under his watch, and the message to North Korea could not be clearer.
“My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal,” Trump wrote this morning. “It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”
“Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson clarified the need for straightforward tough talk at this time, saying, “What the president is doing, is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong-un would understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language.”