North Korea Says They’re Ready To Start A Nuclear War – Iran Is Next

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Having just returned from a week on the Korean Peninsula, I can testify as to the heightened state of tensions between North and South Korea, and America as well.  The DMZ is a scary place.  Seoul 1

As most people know, there was never a peace treaty signed in the Korean conflict; and the two sides are technically still at war, even though an armistice is administered between the North and the UN Armistice Commission.

Every rogue state in the world is racing to develop and field nuclear weapons because they realize it’s the ultimate trump card, the ultimate barrier to Western pressure on human rights and dignity. With the bomb, any tin pan dictator can basically do what he wants to his people and threaten the world at will.

Sky News reported today on a conversation they had with the North Korean Ambassador to the U.K.:

North Korea is ready to launch a nuclear war if it feels threatened, the country’s ambassador to the UK has told Sky News.

In a rare interview, the senior official told us North Korea has nuclear weapons and is ready to use them.

“We are prepared,” he said. “That is why I say if a sparkle of a fire is made on the Korean peninsula, it will lead to a nuclear war.

“We don’t say empty words. We mean what we mean. It is not the United States that has a monopoly on nuclear weapons strikes.”

“So can I just be clear: you are telling me that the North Korea has the ability now to fire a nuclear missile?” I clarified.

“Any time, any time, yes.”

The problem is that North Korea is most likely serious when it utters these words. Unfortunately, the West and South Korea’s plan to contain the North’s nuclear program did not work. The North simply continued to develop the bomb while promising over and over to stop.

They simply broke their promises.

This is why the “negotiations” with Iran are so dangerous. For in a few short years, the Obama administration’s legacy will be Iran threatening the United States with destruction as well.

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Liberals Still Can’t Understand Iranian Letter; Cotton Explains It For Bob Schieffer

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As Western Journalism reported last week, 47 Senators signed a letter written by freshman Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., addressed to Iran; it advises that any deal concerning a nuclear program that goes around Congressional approval will die once Obama is out of office.

Since then, liberal talking heads have decried the letter and even questioned the patriotism of the senators in their doing. Cotton joined a skeptical Bob Schieffer on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday to discuss and further explain the letter.

“Right now, I and most every other senator is focused on stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” Cotton said in response to Schieffer’s query if he would be sending a letter to North Korea in regards to their nuclear program as well. “That’s why it’s so important that we communicated this message straight to Iran, because they’re not hearing it from Geneva.”

Schieffer later questioned how a letter to Iran would make America stronger if Iran knew any deal they make with Congress would be moot.

Cotton remarked that for starters, it would follow the Constitution in that Congress must approve the deal in order for it to last, not to mention the deal on hand is what Cotton called a “bad deal” that would enable the Iranians to construct ballistic nuclear missiles designed to strike the United States.

“The world has to live with the consequences of a nuclear North Korea,” Cotton concluded, noting a 1990’s deal that North Korea ultimately cheated on. “I don’t want the world to live with the consequences of a nuclear Iran.”

h/t: Weekly Standard

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What These Hack Attack Experts Just Said Means Obama & The FBI May Have Jumped The Sony Gun

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As Western Journalism reported 10 days ago, The FBI has officially named the North Korean government as the culprit behind the hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Even President Obama laid the blame for the massive cyber-security breach at the feet of Kim Jong Un’s authoritarian regime, a presidential move that led to North Korea’s pushing back hard against the accusation, escalating the war of words, as NBC News reported:

North Korea on Saturday accused the U.S. of shutting down internet service to the country in retaliation for its alleged hacking attack on Sony, and referred to President Barack Obama as “a monkey” in blaming him for the release of “The Interview.”

Now there’s a new development in the Sony saga that could support North Korea’s claim that it was not involved in the security breach or the posted threats related to the movie “The Interview.”

A number of news outlets, including politico.com, are reporting that web experts from a leading cyber intelligence company have presented an alternate theory of the attack to FBI agents investigating the Sony security breach.

According to these experts, the Sony hack was likely an inside job:

FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator….

Researchers from the cyber intelligence company Norse have said their own investigation into the data on the Sony attack doesn’t point to North Korea at all and instead indicates some combination of a disgruntled employee and hackers for piracy groups is at fault.

As of now, though, the FBI is standing by its rather rapidly drawn conclusion that North Korea was behind the devastating attack that has been so costly for Sony and its management.

“The FBI has concluded the Government of North Korea is responsible for the theft and destruction of data on the network of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Attribution to North Korea is based on intelligence from the FBI, the U.S. intelligence community, DHS, foreign partners and the private sector,” a spokeswoman [for the FBI] said in a statement.

Officials for the security firm Norse say they have uncovered evidence on six individuals primarily involved in the attack, including an ex-employee of Sony with detailed insider knowledge of the company’s IT network:

…a former decade-long Sony veteran who “worked in a technical role” and was laid off in May.

Norse previously identified the ex-employee as “Lena,” and said she claimed to have connection to the “Guardians of Peace” hacker group that took credit for the attack against Sony, which has so far resulted in leaked employee information, executives’ emails, unreleased films and the limiting of “The Interview” theatrical release in response to a terrorist threat.

And as the story of the Sony Hack attack continues to develop like the plot of a spy movie, questions are now being asked as to why President Obama and the FBI would rush to the public with their conclusions about an ongoing investigation and unsolved multi-faceted mystery that intrigues numerous cyber detectives outside of government.

Security expert Bruce Schneier called the evidence “circumstantial at best” and considered a number of other possible explanations.

CloudFlare principal researcher and DefCon official Marc Rogers wrote that the FBI’s indicators seem to rely on malware that is widely available for purchase and IP addresses easily hijacked by any bad guy.

Errata Security’s Robert Graham also noted the hacker underground shares plenty of code, calling the FBI’s evidence “nonsense.”

 

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State Department Spokeswoman Does Not Deny US Involvement In North Korea’s Internet Outage

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State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf was involved in a tense back and forth with CNN reporter Elise Labott Tuesday, who asked Harf whether or not the United States had any responsibility in North Korea’s internet outage Monday.

“This isn’t our internet, Elise,” Harf asserted, before being pressed by Labott about whether or not the United States undertook “any type of cyber operations that could have led to the North Korean internet being down.”

Harf ultimately replied by dissuading any notion that she would have any new information on the matter:

“I don’t have anything new to share with you today about North Korea. The President has spoken to what our potential response is separate and apart from what we’ve seen over the last 24 hours might be. And I’d leave it to the North Koreans to talk about if their internet was up, if it wasn’t, and why.

“We’re just not going to entertain questions one way or the other about – any of these questions about possible U.S. responses of any kind. And I would caution you from assuming that because I’m not going to comment on them that the answer means one thing or the other.”

As KPCC points out, North Korea experienced nationwide internet outages late Monday before having service restored 9 1/2 hours later. One computer expert said service was “totally down.”

On Monday, Harf did not deny American involvement. “We aren’t going to discuss, you know, publicly operational details about the possible response options or comment on those kind of reports in any way except to say that as we implement our responses, some will be seen, some may not be seen,” she said.

But one day later, Harf’s tone was more muted:

“I can’t confirm the reports that it actually wasn’t. So I would check with [the North Koreans]. They are certainly the right people to speak to this, and I don’t have much more on this.”

 

h/t Mediaite

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US Finds North Korea “Certainly Involved” In Cyberattack On Sony

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American officials have concluded that North Korea was “certainly involved” in the cyberattack on Sony over “The Interview,” a comedic movie that included the assassination of Kim Jong-un.

Officials said that the White House was debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of a cyberattack or not.

Sony decided to cancel the movie’s release after additional threats from the hackers were made–even the theaters themselves might have been hacked if the movie was released.

Some officials within the administration argue that it is time to call out and confront North Korea, while others say that such an action is precisely what North Korea wants.

Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said that the US government is “considering a range of options in weighing a potential response.”

Hours before the Sony announcement to cancel the movie, four prominent US theater chains- Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, and Carmike Cinemas- said that they would not be showing the movie.

A warning this week to Sony’s computers said that if “The Interview” was released, the “world would be full of fear.”

The warning said: “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.”

Intelligence officials have concluded that the attack was both state-sponsored and more devastating than any cyberattack on American soil.

One intelligence official commented that “this was of a sophistication that a year ago we would have said was beyond the North’s capabilities.”

What do you think the US government’s response to the cyberattack should be?

 

h/t: NY Times

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