Thursday, April 26, 2018

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 26, 2018

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FOX News: John Bolton says National Security Council staff changes are coming, and some employees aren't happy

National security adviser John Bolton has informed National Security Council employees that staff changes are imminent, including an influx of new people and a reorganization, a Trump administration source told Fox News on Wednesday.

In a memo sent by Bolton on Wednesday morning, he informed staffers that the changes could include combining higher-level director positions.

The source said that while some at the National Security Council (NSC) welcome Bolton's changes, the news will upset many White House staffers who are overworked and overwhelmed as a result of the administration's mercurial foreign policy. The source added that it is possible that skilled NSC staffers will leave their posts as a result of the changes, making it hard to attract other potential staffers.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 26, 2018

China's first homegrown aircraft carrier is a sign of the country's military aspirations -- CNBC

Report: China developing 'invisibility cloak' for non-stealth jets -- UPI

China Puts 'Guam Killer' Missile Into Service Amid Ongoing Drills Near Taiwan -- Sputnik

Russia, China to hold joint naval drills in Yellow Sea -- TASS

Russian Navy to get improved Borei-class nuclear submarine in 2019 -- TASS

Tupolev-22M3M long-range bomber to make first flight in August -- TASS

Russia claims it has a US Tomahawk cruise missile and will use it to improve its own weapons -- CNBC

Pentagon Says 'No Verifiable Proof' Russia Got Hold of Tomahawk Missiles -- Sputnik

Turkey awards multibillion-dollar contract for indigenous Altay tank -- Defense News

Turkey Shrugs Off US Attempts to Link S-400 Deal With Russia to F-35 Supplies -- Sputnik

Airbus, Dassault to develop new European fighter jet -- Defense News/AP

No stealth? No problem ― Eurofighter makes its pitch against F-35 in Berlin -- Defense News

Modernizing NATO’s Nuclear Capabilities Must Outweigh Industrial Base Considerations -- RCD

U.S.-Thai Anti-Submarine Exercise Kicks Off -- The Diplomat

Pentagon Aims to Reverse Loss of US Military Advantage to Russia - Mattis -- Sputnik

House subpanel recommends buying three more ships than Navy requested -- The Hill

Lawmakers planning hearings over deadly Niger attack -- The Hill

Marine Corps Arms Osprey - Tests Guns, Rockets & Missiles -- Warrior Maven

Boeing confirms SuperHornet production could extend well into the next decade -- Jane's 360

Lockheed’s $31 Billion Helicopter Slipping Behind Schedule, Pentagon Says -- Bloomberg

Lockheed Martin wins F-35 software sustainment contract -- UPI

House lawmakers move to stop Air Force from canceling JSTARS recap -- Defense News

First fire of 2018: US Air Force tests Minuteman III ICBM in California (VIDEO) -- RT

Raytheon to provide AMRAAM missiles for foreign military sales -- UPI

These two drones are leaders in accident rates. How is the US Army responding? -- Defense News

The Pentagon Is Making a Ray Gun to Stop Truck Attacks -- Defense One

House subpanel pushes for space reforms after Trump calls for 'space force' -- The Hill

'Space Force' Study to Be Ready by August: DoD Official -- DoD Buzz

House subcommittee tackles military pilots' oxygen issues in defense bill -- The Hill

Defense industry needs 5 percent annual budget growth to stay healthy, says new AIA report -- Defense News

Military sex assault reports jump 10 percent -- Military Times/AP

Sex assault reports in military up 10 percent: report -- The Hill

Ronny Jackson withdraws nomination for VA secretary
-- UPI

House Armed Services Committee wants 2.6 percent military pay raise, more troops -- The Hill

Iran’s Navy Commander Threatens To Sink U.S. Ships



Times of Israel: Iran’s navy commander threatens to sink US ships

Admiral Ali Fadavi says Americans will land in a 'catastrophic situation,' amid escalating rhetoric over endangered nuclear deal.

A top Iranian general has threatened to sink the United States Navy’s ships, warning that the US would find itself in a “catastrophic situation” amid an ongoing war of words between the countries over the possibility President Donald Trump’s could exit a landmark nuclear deal.

“The actual information that the Americans have about us is much less than what they think they have. When will they figure this out? When it is too late,” the Revolutionary Guard Corps’s navy commander, Admiral Ali Fadavim, told Iranian television on Saturday.

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Update: Iranian Naval Commander Threatens To Sink US Ships, Create "Catastrophic Situation" If Trump Kills Deal (Zero Hedge)

WNU Editor: Iran’s supreme leader is now calling on Muslim nations to unite against the United States .... Iran's Khamenei urges Muslim nations to unite against U.S.: state TV (Reuters).

B-52s Practice Attacking China

Posts by Aircraft Spots about the path of two US B-52 bombers. Photo: Twitter

Asia Times: US B-52 bombers fly close to Guangdong coast

Rarely had US strategic bombers been seen above waters so close to the Chinese shore.

A pair of US B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers reportedly flew within 250 kilometers of Guangdong’s coastline in southern China on Tuesday afternoon, according to Taiwan media and Aircraft Spots, a Twitter group that tracks aircraft movement and the deployment of the US Air Force.

The two long-range bombers, bearing registration numbers 57-1454 and 60-0360 with call signs HERO01 and HERO02, were spotted above the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines and were believed to have come from the US outpost of Guam.

The bombers flew westward into the northern portion of the South China Sea and circled for about an hour above the Pratas Islands controlled by Taiwan, about 340 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong, before following another zigzag path back to the Kadena Air Base in the US territory, as shown in flight tracks posted by Aircraft Spots. It is also believed that the two bombers conducted air-to-air refueling near Okinawa.

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WNU Editor: The Chinese are not intimidated .... China's Air Force holds training flights around rival Taiwan (ABC News/AP). More here .... China warns of more action after military drills near Taiwan (Reuters|.

The Pentagon Has Classified A Study That Outlines The Challenges That The F-35 Faces In The Pacific

An F-35 undergoes transonic testing, producing shockwaves. The Pentagon stopped delivery of new aircraft last year when it found corrosion at the point where carbon fibre panels joined the aluminium airframe. Picture: US DoDSource:Supplied

Bloomberg: Pentagon Classifies Study of F-35 Jet’s Challenges in Pacific

  * Lessons learned not being shared well with other services: GAO
  * Jet seen as bolstering U.S. forces in case of Korea conflict

The Pentagon classified an assessment of the major challenges the Marine Corps encountered in deploying the U.S.’s first F-35 jets to the Pacific, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

An unclassified version of the study released on Wednesday suggests the problems with the Lockheed Martin Corp. fighter -- which would bolster U.S. capabilities in case of a conflict with North Korea -- could be significant, touching on both critical software and supply chain issues.

“While the Marine Corps recognizes the advanced warfighting capabilities the F-35 will bring to the Pacific, it is facing challenges operating in the area,” according to the unclassified version. “In particular, it is uncertain how long the F-35 can effectively operate” if its software-intensive maintenance diagnostic system -- critical for keeping the jets flying -- “becomes disconnected from the aircraft,” according to the report.

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WNU Editor: The Aussies are not amused that this report is now classified .... F-35 troubles: Pentagon refuses to accept new aircraft as its makes problem report ‘Top Secret’ (News.com.au).

The unclassified version of the report is here .... Document: Pentagon Not Sharing Operational Lessons from F-35 Deployment (USNI News)

More Bad News On The F-35 Program

F-35 deployment to Japan hit with sustainment problems - Flight Global
GAO: Bad Communication on F-35 Problems Threatens Future Deployments -- DoD Buzz
The Air Force, Navy and Marines Won't Share Key F-35 Data with Each Other -- National Interest
Document: Pentagon Not Sharing Operational Lessons from F-35 Deployment -- USNI News

The F-35 Is Still Losing Dogfights 'Sometimes'

© US Air Force, Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson

Business Insider: F-35s in Japan are still losing dogfights to F-15s sometimes — here's why

* F-35s dogfighting against Cold War-era F-15 fighter jets still sometimes lose, according to a new report.
* The F-35 has been plagued by reports that it can't dogfight for years, but experts say that's not really the purpose of the new jet.
* Instead, F-35s stealth features mean they'll do most of their fighting unseen, and that something has gone wrong if they forfeit their stealth advantage by fighting up close.
* But as F-35 software, tactics, and pilots develop, the jet may soon start to beat older planes designed specifically to kill anything that flies.

The most expensive weapons system in history, the US's F-35 Lightning II, is still sometimes losing to the 1970s F-15 in dogfights during training scenarios in Japan.

US Air Force F-15 pilot Capt. Brock McGehee, when asked by Defense News if the F-35s at Kadena Air Force base in Japan still sometimes lost to the Cold War-era fighters, said "I mean, sometimes."

The F-35 has long been plagued by reports of that it can't dogfight as well as older, much cheaper jets, despite being in development for nearly two decades and claiming to revolutionize air combat.

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Update #1: How is the F-35 improving its dogfighting skills in Japan? (Defense News)
Update #2: F-35 Still Loses Dogfights Against Cold War-Era F-15s in Exercises (Sputnik)

WNU Editor: The argument that is being used is that "dogfighting" is now dead. Enemy aircraft will be destroyed by missiles long before they can encounter each other face to face. Ok .... but that is making one massive assuption that the enemy will be playing that type of game.

The U.S. Is Not Going To Confront China Over The South China Sea

Mark J. Valencia, The Diplomat: The South China Sea: Reality Is Slowly Sinking In

It’s finally clear that the United States is not willing to confront China in the disputed waters.

China continues to militarize the South China Sea features it occupies and to assert its questionable maritime claims versus other claimants. U.S. rhetoric has sharply criticized China’s behavior and implied dire consequences if it persists. But China has persisted and it has become clear that America is not going to rescue the other claimants from perceived intimidation and coercion. The realization that the United States will not be coming to the rescue is belatedly beginning to sink in throughout the region and misplaced hope is being replaced by bitter disappointment and even despair. However to seasoned observers, this development was not a surprise.

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WNU Editor: The problem is not that the U.S. is unwilling to confront China in the South China Sea .... the problem is that the countries in the region do not want to, and were hoping that the U.S. would do the dirty work for them. And instead of being angry at the U.S. these countries should direct their anger at the country that has caused this crisis in the first place .... China. But they will say nothing .... trade with China is far more important to them than protecting their sovereignty.

Hat tip to Fred for this link.

Canadian Government Wants To Extinguish The Centennial Flame That Burns In Front Of Parliament Hill

The federal government is looking at options to replace natural gas as a fuel source for the Centennial Flame - among them, LED lights. (Philippe Turgeon/CBC)

Toronto Star: 'Greening' project could end use of fossil fuel for Centennial Flame

Carbon-offset deal for Centennial Flame monument costs about $20,000, but longer-term solution sought.

Will the Centennial Flame monument on Parliament Hill, with its dancing fires lit by natural gas, become the Centennial LED?

The federal government has launched a study of options to cut the flow of natural gas from Western Canada to the popular monument, and replace it with a more eco-friendly energy source.

Natural gas piped from the West has been bubbling through the fountain in the centre of the monument for 50 years, ever since it was unveiled by then-prime minister Lester Pearson on the eve of July 1, 1967, Confederation's 100th birthday.

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Update: Canada may swap 50-year-old flame for LED lights in quest to cut carbon (The Guardian)

WNU Editor: When I bring people to Ottawa .... one of my traditions is to take pictures in front of the Centennial Flame. It is a part of Canada's history, and more important .... a part of Parliament Hill. To replace the flame with LED lights .... you gotta be kidding me. It is like replacing President John F. Kennedy eternal flame at Arlington Cemetery with LED lights .... sorry .... but the effect will be completely lost.

And They Say President Trump Is A Narsicist


WNU Editor: A photographer taking a picture of a photographer taking a picture of Prime Minister Trudeau signing a picture of himself. And the funny part .... many Liberals think this is cool.

Canada Expecting Another Massive Wave Of Migrants At The Border



Toronto Star: Quebec preparing for up to 400 asylum seekers a day at the U.S. border this summer

Between Jan. 1 and April 14 of 2018, 6,074 asylum seekers have arrived in Quebec — three times more than the number of people that crossed the border in 2017.

MONTREAL—Quebec government is demanding that Ottawa come up with a new plan for handling asylum seekers with projections that up to 400 people each day could begin crossing into Canada this summer.

“Last year, we peaked at about 250 a day and that was considered massive,” said Quebec Immigration Minister David Heurtel. “Right now, there are projections on the table saying that we could go in the neighbourhood of 400 people per day.”

The province says it wants the federal government to investigate a suspected trafficking network that is helping refugee claimants — most of them Nigerian — to travel to the United States and sneak across the border into Canada at Roxham Road, which connects New York State with Quebec.

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WNU editor: The above Toronto Star article was written over a week ago .... but it is already out of date. I follow this issue very closely because I have helped a number of people over the years who wanted to immigrate to Canada. But what I have seen in just the past week is shocking .... particularly in my part of Montreal. I live a few blocks away from a row of appartment buildings that has always been used a dumping ground for migrants .... and it has been packed since last year. But in the past few weeks a few hundred migrants .... all from Africa and almost all of them men .... have just being dumped in this place. It is an understatement to say how surreal life has become for many who live near these appartments .... to all of a sudden seeing groups of a dozen or more grown men who cannot speak your language just hanging out in front of your home with nothing to do. This is not the Canada that I know .... and there will be political repercussions, starting with the defeat of the Quebec provincial Liberals when they face the voters later this year, and eventually Prime Minister Trudeau whose support in this province is in decline. Blaming this migrant crisis on the opposition party is also not impressing anyone (see above video).

Update: I have been asked what other issues will be impacting Canadian politics this year. That is an easy one .... the explosion in energy prices because of government policies is going to turf out some governments. I know in Ontario (Canada's main province), the Liberal government is going to be exterminated when people go to the polls in June, and the main rason will be sky-high electricity prices .... and yes .... gas prices. In Quebec .... besides migration .... energy prices. Case in point .... I live in Montreal and when Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister two and a half years ago the price for a liter of gas was less than a dollar. Tonight .... it is $1.42/liter. The expectation is that it will be over $1.50 by next year. So yeah .... try to win an election on that track-record.

Tweets For Today







French President Macron Believes President Trump Will Withdraw From The Iran Nuclear Accord



Bloomberg: Macron Says He Thinks Trump Will Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal

* U.S. president may quit accord ‘for domestic reasons’: Macron
* Trump has set May 12 deadline for strengthening nuclear accord

French President Emmanuel Macron said he thinks U.S. President Donald Trump will withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord, dealing a blow to the six-nation agreement reached in 2015 and endorsed by world powers.

“My view — I don’t know what your president will decide — is that he will get rid of this deal on his own for domestic reasons.” Macron told journalists Wednesday in Washington, adding that he encouraged the American president to stay in the accord during his three-day visit to the U.S. capital.

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WNU Editor: The above video is French President Macron's address to a joint session of Congress. As for his remarks that he believes President Trump will withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord .... he is stating his own opinion, but one thing that I have learned about French President Macron is that his political instincts are very good, and he definintely does not see the Iran nuclear deal holding together in the forseable future.

Picture Of The Day

The "Ingosstrakh Exclusive Classic Day" car rally kicked off by the Metropol Hotel in Moscow's center. © Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Vintage Car Rally in Moscow (Sputnik). On a personal note .... before the revolution my great-grandfather was a car enthusiast and he opened a factory in Moscow to build cars .... but the revolution changed everything. Wikipedia's post on Russia's car industry is rather good, and the link is here .... Automotive industry in Russia (Wikipedia).

The State Of The Arab World In One Picture

Arab leaders pose for a photo during the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran city, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday April 14, 2018. press photo

Simon Henderson, The Hill: Awaiting change: State of the Arab world is captured in photo from Saudi summit

It is going to be a long, hot summer in the Middle East — continuing civil wars in Syria and Yemen, tension on the Israel-Gaza border, the Iran nuclear deal being extended or ending, the opening next month of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, and who knows what else will happen. Some of this turmoil may be self-inflicted, but all are challenges for U.S. policy.

How will it all work out? The recent Arab summit in the Saudi city of Dhahran provides an opportunity for assessing the state of the Arab world, which includes several important American allies, and the extent to which Washington can hope for help as the summer progresses.

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WNU Editor: My gut is telling me that five to ten years from now most of these leaders will be gone.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

US State Department Breaks Into Russian Consulate Residence In Seattle



RT: US authorities break into closed Russian consulate residence in Seattle (PHOTOS)

US authorities broke into the locked residence of the Russian consul-general in Seattle, Washington. The building was evacuated on US orders as part of the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats.

Video from the scene shows State Department personnel in plainclothes entering the yard and attempting to break the lock on the door of the residence. A later attempt appears to have been successful, as a locksmith could be seen opening the door and entering the premises. The Russian flag is still flying over the building.

“US authorities breaking into the consul-general’s residence in Seattle is a gross violation of diplomatic conventions,” the Russian Embassy in the US told RIA Novosti. Russia did not agree to remove diplomatic immunity from the property, and the attempted break-in is an “unfriendly step,” the embassy added.

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WNU Editor: Nice home. Meanwhile a gloomy assessment on U.S. - Russia relations from the Kremlin .... Russia: We don’t see real steps from US towards normalising relations (Middle East Monitor). More here .... Moscow Sees No US Steps Which Would Lead to De-escalation in Relations (Sputnik).

More News On The US State Department Breaking Into The Russian Consulate Residence In Seattle

US officials drill out locks at former Russian consul residence in Seattle's Madison Park -- Seattle Times
Russia cries foul after US inspectors enter shuttered Seattle consulate -- ABC News
US officials inspect Russian consular home in Seattle -- AP
US Authorities Enter Premises of Closed Residence of Russian Consul General -- Sputnik
Moscow Blasts US for Trying to Enter Closed Russian Consul General's Residence -- Sputnik
Russian diplomats leave Seattle after consulate closed — senior consul -- TASS

Afghan Taliban Reject Peace Overtures. Announces Start Of Spring Offensive



Reuters: Taliban announce spring offensive, dismiss peace overtures

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive on Wednesday, dismissing an offer for peace talks by President Ashraf Ghani but pledging to focus on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The announcement of the Al Khandaq campaign, named after the so-called Battle of the Trench, fought by the Prophet Mohammad to defend the city of Medina in the early days of Islam, marks the symbolic start of the fighting season.

But heavy fighting has been going on in different parts of the country and hundreds of people have been killed and wounded in a series of high profile attacks in Kabul since the beginning of the year, despite Ghani’s offer in February for peace talks “without preconditions”.

The Taliban, in their statement on Wednesday, dismissed the peace overtures as a “conspiracy”.

“Their main effort is to deviate public opinion from the illegitimate foreign occupation of the country, as the Americans have no serious or sincere intentions of bringing the war to an end,” the Taliban said.

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More News On The Taliban Rejecting Peace Overtures

Taliban announces onset of ‘Al Khandaq Jihadi operations’ -- Long War Journal
Afghanistan's Taliban announce annual spring offensive -- ABC News/AP
Afghan Taliban announce fresh offensive in apparent snub to peace efforts -- AFP
Afghan Taliban Announces Launch Of Spring Offensive -- RFE
Afghan Taliban Launches New Spring Offensive -- VOA
The Taliban just rejected peace talks and partly blamed Trump -- VICE News
Taliban camp in Baghlan emphasizes tenuous security situation in Afghan north -- Long War Journal
'Capture or Kill': Taliban Threatens to Attack US Forces in Afghanistan -- Sputnik
Is Peace with the Taliban Possible? -- Mohammad Shoaib Haidary, Asia Foundation

North Korea's Elite Are Abandoning Facebook And Other Western Internet Sites

Reuters: North Korea's elite quitting Facebook, concealing internet activity: researcher

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea’s ruling class has in recent months abandoned Western social media sites such as Facebook (FB.O), Instagram and Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and dramatically increased its use of tools that cloak internet activity, according to cyber security research published on Wednesday.

The reclusive country’s small percentage of internet-connected leaders is preferring to use Chinese services such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu, U.S.-based cyber intelligence firm Recorded Future said in a report.

Between December 2017 and March 15 this year, North Korea’s elite increased by 1,200 percent its use of services such as virtual private networks and the Tor anonymity used to obfuscate internet activity, the firm said. Recorded Future said it analyzed internet protocol ranges associated with North Korea and other open-source information in its research.

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WNU Editor: In a Stalinist regime like North Korea, the elite could do whatever they want. This abandonement of Western web sites has more to do with masking their activities from foreign intellignce services, than what is happening internally.

More News On North Korea's Elite Abandoning Facebook And Other Western Internet Sites

North Korea’s internet elite has abandoned Facebook, Google and Instagram for Chinese alternatives in just six months -- Alphr
North Korea elite drop western websites to avoid online scrutiny -- Financial Times
North Korea's elite are quitting Facebook, Instagram -- New York Post
North Korean Internet Users Shun Facebook and Google for Chinese Alternatives -- Foreign Policy
Even North Korea's Elites Are Ditching Facebook -- Forbes
Why are internet users in North Korea abandoning Western social media? -- Ellen Tannam, Silicon Republic

Chinese Scientists Are Warning That North Korea's Nuclear Test Site Has Collapsed, Putting China And Nearby Nations At Risk Of Radioactive Fallout


SCMP: North Korea’s nuclear test site has collapsed ... and that may be why Kim Jong-un suspended tests

The mountain’s collapse after a fifth blast last fall has led to the creation of a massive ‘chimney’ that could leak radioactive fallout into the air, researchers have found

North Korea’s mountain nuclear test site has collapsed, putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure, two separate groups of Chinese scientists studying the issue have confirmed.

The collapse after five nuclear blasts may be why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared on Friday that he would freeze the hermit state’s nuclear and missile tests and shut down the site, one researcher said.

The last five of Pyongyang’s six nuclear tests have all been carried out under Mount Mantap at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea’s northwest.

One group of researchers found that the most recent blast tore open a hole in the mountain, which then collapsed upon itself. A second group concluded that the breakdown created a “chimney” that could allow radioactive fallout from the blast zone below to rise into the air.

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WNU Editor: If the site has collapsed and is releasing radioactivity, I feel sorry for these troops .... 300 Troops Left Behind at N.Korea's Nuke Test Site (Chosun Ilbo).

More News On Chinese Scientists Issuing A Warning That North Korea's Nuclear Test Site Has Collapsed

Report: North Korea nuclear test site largely unusable -- The Hill
China says North Korea ended nuclear tests because their underground test site collapsed -- Daily Telegraph/AFP
North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Unusual Activity Observed -- 38 North
North Korea's mountain mystery: Is Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site still functional? -- Washington Post
That's One Reason To Suspend Nuclear Tests: North Korea's Most Recent Blast Collapsed a Mountain -- Fortune

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 25, 2018





Thomas Henriksen, The Hill: Kim's concessions seem too good to be true; they may be just that

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," goes an old Wall Street proverb. It is also apt when mentally processing North Korea’s latest burst of apparent “free” concessions.

Kim Jong Un, the country’s chairman of the Korean Workers Party and the Central Military Commission, has been busy of late, standing down the two weapons systems that have unnerved the United States, South Korea and other countries for decades and walking away from other previously non-negotiable demands.

In recent days, North Korea’s supreme leader announced that his secretive and isolated nation no longer needed to test long-range missiles and nuclear weapons. What caused this transformation is less certain.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 25, 2018

Impossible dream? Unification less of a priority as Korean leaders prepare to talk -- Josh Smith, Reuters

A unified Korea? Leaders bring contrasting visions to summit -- Eric Talmadge, AP

North Korea: What you need to know about the high-stakes inter-Korean summit this week -- Christina Zhou, ABC News Online

Korea talks: What does China have to gain or lose from a potentially reunified Korean Peninsula? -- Michael Walsh, ABC News Online

Goodbye DMZ? What an End to the Korean War Would Mean -- David Tweed, Bloomberg

How Trump Should Define Success in Syria -- Jack Keane and Danielle Pletka, National Interest

Saudi belligerence on Iran threatens US -- Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Disgruntled Kurds emerge as potential kingmakers in Turkey’s polls -- Sibel Hurtas, Al-Monitor

Trump and Macron Aren’t Really an Odd Couple -- Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Bloomberg

New Russian Missiles May Be Aimed East -- Norman Friedman, RCD

Beating Moscow at its Main Game: Espionage -- Richard Boucher, The Cipher Brief

Sometimes Armenian Protests Are Just Armenian Protests -- Thomas de Waal, Foreign Policy

An Early Look At Mexico's Presidential Elections, And What A Populist Win Means For NAFTA -- Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes

Mexico City Is Always Either Too Wet or Too Dry -- Justin Fox, Bloomberg

Anzac Day and the Matter of Meaning -- Rodger Shanahan, The Interpreter