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North Korean official blames Trump for rising tensions on Korean Peninsula

Friday a North Korean official said that President Trump was building up a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and that his “aggressive” tweeting was “making trouble.” North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told the Associated Press that Pyongyang will not “keep its arms crossed” in the face of a possible preemptive strike by the U.S. Han warned North Korea will “go to war if they choose.””If the U.S. comes with reckless military maneuvers then we will confront it with the DPRK’s pre-emptive strike,” Han said. “We’ve got a powerful nuclear deterrent already in our hands, and we certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a U.S. pre-emptive strike.”

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At least he didn’t blame bush……Very Happy

U.S. Air Force officials made it clear to North Korea Thursday they were not messing around, launching a surprise military exercise with full combat air power in Japan. The fully-armed jets were shown at Kadena Air Base.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have worsened since the U.S. deployed a strike team led by the USS Carl Vinson to the waters off the Korean Peninsula. Trump has not ruled out taking military action against Pyongyang and vowed to get Kim Jong Un’s regime “under control” without China’s help.

Han blamed the U.S. for the rising tensions. Han cited the largest-ever U.S.-South Korea war games, the deployment of the aircraft carrier and Trump’s tweet that North Korea was “looking for trouble” as tipping points.

Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words,” Han said. “So that’s why. It’s not the DPRK but the U.S. and Trump that makes trouble.”

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The annual military exercises have consistently infuriated the North, which views them as rehearsals for an invasion. Washington and Seoul deny that, but reports that exercises have included “decapitation strikes” aimed at the North’s leadership have fanned Pyongyang’s anger.

“Whatever comes from the U.S., we will cope with it. We are fully prepared to handle it,” Han said.

According to the North Korea monitor 38 North, Pyongyang looked “primed and ready” to test its sixth nuclear missile to coincide with the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s founder this weekend.

The Saturday anniversary may provide the world with a look at some of that arsenal. Expectations are high the North may put its newest missiles on display during a military parade that could be held to mark the event.

Assad: Chemical attack in Syria is ‘100 percent fabrication’

Syrian president Bashar al Assad says a deadly toxic gas attack widely blamed on his forces is a “100 percent fabrication”. Speaking in his first interview since the incident, Mr Assad said he gave “no order to make any attack” and claimed “even if we had (chemical weapons) we wouldn’t use them.” Continue reading →

Border Officers Nearly Double Searches of Electronic Devices, U.S. Says

According to data released Tuesday by Customs and Border Protection, customs officers at the border and at airports almost doubled their searches of electronic devices of people entering the United States in the last six months. Continue reading →

Ex-Obama officials show true colors on Syria after strikes

President Trump’s missile strikes on the Assad regime have re-opened the divide among former Obama administration officials over their much-critiqued Syria policy. While some Barack Obama allies criticized Trump and defended the former administration’s diplomatic approach, others could hardly contain their relief that the U.S. had taken military action in response to chemical weapons use. Continue reading →

Former US Ambassador – Syria, Russia Would Be ‘Insane’ to Retaliate Over US Airstrikes

Ryan Crocker, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria, said on Sunday that retaliation by Russia or Syria over the U.S. airstrikes last week would be “insane.” “We all know what the differentials of power are here. Our power is overwhelming. They would not like to see it applied, and I don’t think they’ll take that chance,” Crocker told Maria Bartiromo during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.”Fox Business

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ISIS slaughters 33 young men in Syria with ‘sharp tools’

ISIS used “sharp tools” to murder 33 people in Syria on Wednesday before dumping the bodies into a mass grave “filled with blood,” a human rights group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the slaughter was “the largest execution operation carried out by [ISIS] in 2017.” Continue reading →

Trump Admin. Putting Spotlight on Policy of Plane Sales to Iran

Boeing’s announced agreement to sell another 60 airplanes to Iran has exposed an Obama-era policy that’s now under extreme vetting by President Donald Trump’s administration. Continue reading →

US sending around 200 more troops to Middle East

According to a US defense official, two companies from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division are being deployed to the Middle East to bolster security in either Iraq or Syria at the request of the top American commander in Baghdad fighting ISIS. Continue reading →

Iraq denies air strike caused civilian deaths

Iraq’s military has cast doubt on reports that an air strike by the US-led coalition caused the deaths of dozens of civilians in west Mosul. Instead it blamed explosive booby-traps set by ISIS. Saturday the US said that it was investigating an air strike on 17 March at “the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties”. Continue reading →

US command: Mosul airstrike occured at the request of Iraq forces

Saturday the U.S-led coalition in Iraq said that one of its airstrikes struck fighters and equipment of the ISIS terror group in West Mosul on March 17 at the location where there were reports of more than 100 civilian casualties. Continue reading →