Category Japan

U.S. Non-Proliferation Expert Proposes Roadmap With Reciprocal Benefits For NK-U.S. Denuclearization Talks

David Maxwell Comment:  “An important interview.As an aside something we do not emphasize enough is that sanctions relief is not something that the President can just decide to do. The US sanctions requiring ending the nuclear program and ending the human rights violations by the north.  Those requirements are part of the legislation.  (which is one reason why we […]

Interview: ‘Kim Jong Un Is Thinking About How To Keep His Nuclear Assets’

David Maxwell Comment:  “I was at once impressed and suspicious of my first meeting with Thae Yong-ho last year.  He seemed to be telling us so much of what we wanted to hear; confirming many of our views and our understanding of the Kim family regime.  And he made many excellent recommendations to align with […]

U.S. Navy Warships Just Rocked The Taiwan Strait In A Power Play Ahead Of Trump’s Meeting With The Chinese President

U.S. Navy Warships Just Rocked The Taiwan Strait In A Power Play Ahead Of Trump’s Meeting With The Chinese President Business Insider · by Ryan Pickrell · November 29, 2018 The US Navy destroyer USS Stockdale and the underway replenishment oiler USNS Pecos sailed through the Taiwan Strait Wednesday. The maneuver through the closely-watched strait comes just days […]

North Korea Evades U.S. Pressure With Fleet of Illicit Ships Crisscrossing the Seas

North Korea Evades U.S. Pressure With Fleet of Illicit Ships Crisscrossing the Seas Freighters loaded with coal and oil use fake signals, dummy documents and ‘flags of convenience’ to keep trade flowing How North Korea Uses Ships to Trick and TradeIllustration: Crystal Tai/The Wall Street Journal.By Niharika MandhanaNov. 27, 2018 10:56 a.m. ET Over the past […]

North Korean Propaganda Promotes EMP Attacks Using Nuclear Weapons

North Korean Propaganda Promotes EMP Attacks Using Nuclear Weapons – DailyNK dailynk.com · November 23, 2018 Internal documents on nuclear EMP attacks obtained by Daily NK in late July 2018. Image: Daily NK North Korean officials charged with spreading propaganda are informing residents about the significance of nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapons. Propaganda officials are tasked with […]

U.S. Prosecutors Are Said to Be Investigating Japan’s Largest Bank

U.S. Prosecutors Are Said to Be Investigating Japan’s Largest Bank The New York Times · by Emily Flitter · November 21, 2018 Supported by Federal prosecutors are investigating the systems that Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, or MUFG, uses to track money laundering, according to people briefed on the case.CreditKiyoshi Ota/European Pressphoto Agency Japan’s largest bank has already been […]

How America Can Test North Korea’s True Intentions

How America Can Test North Korea’s True Intentions The National Interest · by Bruce W. Bennett · November 22, 2018 North Korea’s build-up of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles is disrupting peace in Northeast Asia and may soon plummet Northeast Asia into a serious Cold War—and maybe even a hot war. While North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has […]

The Right Way To Manage A Nuclear North Korea Exploring “Left-Of-Launch” Options Is A Dangerous Mistake

David Maxwell Comment:  “I remember a wise general saying to another who wanted to non-concur with a plan because it had actions that might hinder his component’s freedom of action, “why would I eliminate a capability that I may need to successfully accomplish the mission?”  I get the theoretical argument the author is trying to […]

Philippines Tilting To China; Beijing To Invest $2B In ‘Industrial Park’ At Clark AFB

Financial Times November 19, 2018 Former US air base Chinese to invest $2bn in Philippines industrial park as Duterte tilts further towards Beijing GRACE RAMOS — MANILA JOHN REED — BANGKOK A Chinese company is set to invest $2bn to build an industrial park at Clark Air Base, the former US military outpost in the […]

The End Of U.S. Naval Dominance In Asia

The End Of U.S. Naval Dominance In Asia by Robert Rosslawfareblog.com · November 18, 2018 Editor’s Note: Although the Trump administration has made much of China’s rise when it comes to trade, the president should be focused more on the security implications. Robert Ross of Boston College points to the decline in U.S. naval strength in […]