Kim Jong-un: North Korea Will Soon Be Ready For Nuclear War

North Korea nuclear capability growing ‘with each passing month’.

Former US negotiator warns North Korea’s ability to use bombs is increasing ‘qualitatively and quantitatively’.

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Reports suggest North Korea – led by Kim Jong-un – might be on the verge of another nuclear test AFP/Getty Images

By Nerti U. Qatja | @nertiqatja | @VOP_Today


Ben Kentish writes for IndependentNorth Korea’s ability to use nuclear weapons is increasing ‘with each passing month’, according to a former US State Department negotiator.

Robert Gallucci, previously US special envoy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, said the current American approach towards North Korea was not working.

Mr Gallucci led the 1994 negotiations with the North Korean government that led to a nuclear freeze deal.

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Speaking during a seminar at John Hopkins University in Washington, he said: “We could continue just as we are now. We could continue with what might be called some version of containment, where we have a sanctions regime we attempt to limit the North Korean options politically and economically.

“But…as we do contain the North, we also watch the situation get worse.

“The North Korean case is not like fine wine. It doesn‘t get better with age. With each passing month and year, we look at a nuclear weapons capability that grows qualitatively and quantitatively.

Mr Gallucci suggested the next US president should prioritise negotiations with North Korea, but said they should not offer concessions such as the end of joint military exercises with South Korea – something Pyongyang has long called for.

And he called on the US government to stop “sub-contracting” resolution of the issue to China.

He said: “We want the Chinese to move the North to the proper frame of mind and enter negotiations. But we should not subcontract this issue, the North Korea issue, to Beijing.

“So I say, cooperate with the Chinese, get them to do as much as possible, but don’t expect them to do the whole job.”

North Korea would be willing to surrender its nuclear weapons if an agreement guarantees the regime’s “survival with as much certainty as they think nuclear weapons will give them as deterrent to U.S efforts at regime change”, Mr Gallucci added.

It comes as satellite images suggest the authoritarian state could be gearing up for another nuclear weapons test.

US-based monitoring group 38 North said satellites had recorded on-going activity at Punggye-ri – North Korea’s main nuclear test site.

The country’s fifth and most recent nuclear test took place on 9th September, leading it to announce it had successfully detonated a nuclear warhead that could be mounted onto a ballistic missile.

The test caused the UN Security Council to “strongly condemn” North Korea while US President Barack Obama warned the country will face “consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions”.

North Korea has been developing nuclear bombs since quitting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003.  It claims its weapons are for “self-defence” against “the danger of nuclear war caused by the US-led imperialists”.

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OFFICIAL! Iraqi Minister: Aliens Built World’s First Airport 7,000 Yrs Ago

Iraq’s Transport Minister, Kazem Finjan, claims “ancient aliens” built earth’s first airport 7,000 years ago in the Middle East – and used it for interplanetary missions.

Getting ever so slightly sidetracked during a press conference to announce the construction of a real-life, modern day airport in Dhi Qar, southern Iraq, Finjan suggested spacecraft launched from the same area in 5,000 BC discovered Pluto and the mythical planet of Nibiru.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Sumerians inhabited what was Mesopotamia and, according to Finjan, were aided in developing this space station by visiting aliens.

“The first airport that was established on planet earth was in this place. It was constructed 5,000 years before Christ,”

Finjan told a baffled gallery of journalists.

“The particularity of this place is that it remains the safest for the landing and takeoff of aircraft, due to favourable weather conditions. When the Sumerians settled on this land, they were aware of this and have chosen specifically for their flights to other planets.”

An apparently well-read individual, Finjan is convinced he has found the proof for his theories.

He continued:

“I invite those who doubt to read the book of the great Sumerian historian Zecharia Sitchin, or the books of Samuel Kramer including one entitled ‘History begins at sumer’ which speaks of the first airport constructed on planet earth, and it is there at el Naciria,”


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Iraqi Transport Minister Kazem Finjan: 5,000-Year-Old Sumerian Airport Served for Space Travel

During a visit to the Dhi Qar Governorate, Iraqi Transport Minister Kazem Finjan said that Dhi Qar was the venue of the first ever airport, built 5,000 years ago by the Sumerians.

Speaking at a news conference, Minister Finjan said that the Sumerian airport was used for space travel and helped the Sumerians discover the planet Nibiru.

The remarks, which were made on September 30, were broadcast on Nasiriya TV, and a shorter segment was aired by NRT TV.

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Iraqi Government admits Nibiru and Anunnaki are REAL!!

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“You’re Banned!” – Hungary To Ban Rothschild Banks

A long-running dispute between Hungary and the International Monetary Fund escalated on Monday when the head of the country’s central bank called on the IMF to close its office in Budapest, saying it was no longer needed.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


According to Spiegel Online – Relations between the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the International Monetary Fund have never been especially good. Now they have hit rock bottom.

Orbán’s former economy minister and current central bank governor, Gyorgy Matolcsy, wrote a letter to IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Monday calling on the fund to close its representative office in Budapest as it was “not necessary to maintain” it any longer.

Hungary owes its economic survival to the IMF. When the country was caught up in the global financial crisis in 2008, the fund and the EU came to the rescue with a €20 billion ($26 billion) loan. At the time, Orbán’s predecessor was in office.

Ever since Orbán became prime minister in 2010, Hungary has had trouble with international institutions. His government pushed through a new constitution and many laws that curtailed democracy, the powers of the constitutional court, the justice system and press freedoms. The EU responded by launching several proceedings against Hungary for breaching EU treaties.

In early July, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on Hungary to repeal the “anti-democratic changes.” Orbán angrily dismissed the demands as “Soviet-style” meddling.

Hungary Says Will Repay IMF Loan This Year

Under Orbán, all negotiations with the IMF about fresh aid have failed. On Monday, central bank chief Matolcsy said the country didn’t need the IMF’s money and that Hungary would repay the 2008 loan in full by the end of this year.

He said the government had succeeded in pushing its budget deficit below the EU ceiling of 3 percent of GDP and had reduced government debt.

Matolcsy is the architect of Orbán’s unorthodox economic policy which is based on imposing heavy special taxes on large companies. He became central bank governor four months ago.

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The Hungarian economy shrank by 1.7 percent last year. The EU Commission expects it to return to weak growth in 2013. The budget deficit is expected to rise again, back up to 3 percent of GDP.

GREEN NEWS: Albanian Police Gets Electric Cars

Albania’s Police force has become one of the five in Europe that have electric vehicles in its fleet.

Furthermore, Albania’s Interior Minister, Saimir Tahiri, said that the country is the only one in the region with fully electric cars on its fleet. With the reveal of the small fleet of electric Volkswagen Golf cars in police specification, Mr. Tahiri reminded the audience that these vehicles would not use “a single drop of fuel.”

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Auto Evolution reports: In Albania, a recharge that is suitable for driving 100 kilometers (62 miles) costs as much as a cup of coffee.

However, this story has a catch that will make almost anyone laugh out loud. So take a seat when you are reading this, as we do not want to roll on the floor while doing this. Are you ready?

Well, Albania does not have a network for charging electric vehicles. You cannot find a plug at any gas station, and there are no charging points anywhere outside cities, AP notes.

The Albanian Police has already come up with a solution to this problem that would have made any other country decide against electric vehicles – they will recharge the vehicles at the police stations every single time.

That is right – each of the unspecified Volkswagen e-Golf hatchbacks in Police trim will have to go back to their respective sites when the charge level is running low, so that they can be recharged at a dedicated station placed at the police precinct.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is also present in the fleet of Germany’s Lower Saxony police force, which has seven examples of the eco-friendly hatchback.

The estimated range of this model varies between 130 and 190 kilometers (80-118 miles) depending on driving style and the operating mode selected.

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The most ecological operating mode of the Volkswagen e-Golf is Eco+, and it narrows power to 75 HP, while top speed is limited to 90 km/h (56 mph). The air conditioning is also disabled, while throttle response is greatly diminished.

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Record: The World Is $152 TRILLION in Debt – IMF

Calculation of burden highlights challenge of boosting growth.

The world is $152tn in the red — a record-breaking level of debt, according to the International Monetary Fund.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Today FT reports: The figure, more than two times the size of the global economy, comes from the fund’s latest Fiscal Monitor and is, officials claim, the most accurate measure of the world’s debt burden ever calculated.

“Global debt is at record highs and rising,” said Vitor Gaspar, director of fiscal affairs at the fund.

The figures highlight the apparent paradox between ultra-low interest rates imposed by many central banks in an attempt to encourage borrowing and boost sluggish economies, and the dangers that arise from excessive debt levels.

While the IMF did not call for rapid prepayment of debt, it warned that in some countries the unprecedented level of borrowing by companies was too high.

“Excessive private debt is a major headwind against the global recovery and a risk to financial stability,” said Mr Gaspar. “The Fiscal Monitor shows that rapid increases in private debt often end up in financial crises. Financial recessions are longer and deeper than normal recessions.”

Levels of borrowing have substantially outpaced global growth in recent years, rising from 200 per cent of gross domestic product in 2002 to 225 per cent last year.

While two-thirds of the debt is held by the private sector, governments’ borrowing requirements have also ballooned since the global financial crisis.

Nevertheless, officials at the fund — which is holding its annual meetings with the World Bank in Washington this week — want governments to act to boost growth.

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Calls for what are often dubbed “growth-friendly fiscal policies” have grown from the IMF and other multilateral institutions as concern has mounted that the world’s central banks have been left with too much of the burden to lift the global economy.

Mr Gaspar emphasised that debt levels were not high everywhere. “The sharp diversity across countries is a reminder of the need to tailor policy diagnosis and prescription to the specific conditions prevailing in each country,” he said.

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Most of the debt is concentrated in the world’s richest economies, although China has markedly increased borrowing in recent years. While low income countries have relatively low levels of debt, many have sharply increased borrowing in recent years.

The fund also said that companies would help raise growth if they shrank their balance sheets by reducing their size, although it acknowledged the process would take time.

He added that countries entering a financial recession with a weak fiscal position were likely to lose more growth than countries that manage to counter shocks by spending more.

Central banks have cut interest rates to all-time lows and engaged in mass bond buying in response to the global financial crisis. Although most economists think their actions have helped, there is also a broad consensus that the economy will remain below par unless governments do more.

The debt burden figure is based on data collected by the IMF and the Bank for International Settlements from 113 countries, which together make up more than 94 per cent of global GDP. Fund officials have worked on the project over the past year.

Exclusive: Yahoo Secretly Scanned Users’ Emails For The NSA and FBI

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Reuters reports: The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events.

Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy agency’s demand by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.

It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources, who did not want to be identified.

Reuters was unable to determine what data Yahoo may have handed over, if any, and if intelligence officials had approached other email providers besides Yahoo with this kind of request.

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According to the two former employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s decision to obey the directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook Inc.”Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States,” the company said in a brief statement in response to Reuters questions about the demand. Yahoo declined any further comment.

Through a Facebook spokesman, Stamos declined a request for an interview.

The NSA referred questions to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which declined to comment.

The demand to search Yahoo Mail accounts came in the form of a classified directive sent to the company’s legal team, according to the three people familiar with the matter.

U.S. phone and Internet companies are known to have handed over bulk customer data to intelligence agencies. But some former government officials and private surveillance experts said they had not previously seen either such a broad directive for real-time Web collection or one that required the creation of a new computer program.

“I’ve never seen that, a wiretap in real time on a ‘selector,'” said Albert Gidari, a lawyer who represented phone and Internet companies on surveillance issues for 20 years before moving to Stanford University this year. A selector refers to a type of search term used to zero in on specific information.

“It would be really difficult for a provider to do that,” he added.

Experts said it was likely that the NSA or FBI had approached other Internet companies with the same demand, since they evidently did not know what email accounts were being used by the target. The NSA usually makes requests for domestic surveillance through the FBI, so it is hard to know which agency is seeking the information.

Reuters was unable to confirm whether the 2015 demand went to other companies, or if any complied.

Alphabet Inc’s Google and Microsoft Corp, two major U.S. email service providers, did not respond to requests for comment.

CHALLENGING THE NSA

Under laws including the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, intelligence agencies can ask U.S. phone and Internet companies to provide customer data to aid foreign intelligence-gathering efforts for a variety of reasons, including prevention of terrorist attacks.

Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and others have exposed the extent of electronic surveillance and led U.S. authorities to modestly scale back some of the programs, in part to protect privacy rights.

Companies including Yahoo have challenged some classified surveillance before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret tribunal.

Some FISA experts said Yahoo could have tried to fight last year’s directive on at least two grounds: the breadth of the demand and the necessity of writing a special program to search all customers’ emails in transit.

Apple Inc made a similar argument earlier this year when it refused to create a special program to break into an encrypted iPhone used in the 2015 San Bernardino massacre. The FBI dropped the case after it unlocked the phone with the help of a third party, so no precedent was set.

Other FISA experts defended Yahoo’s decision to comply, saying nothing prohibited the surveillance court from ordering a search for a specific term instead of a specific account. So-called “upstream” bulk collection from phone carriers based on content was found to be legal, they said, and the same logic could apply to Web companies’ mail.

As tech companies become better at encrypting data, they are likely to face more such requests from spy agencies.

Former NSA General Counsel Stewart Baker said email providers “have the power to encrypt it all, and with that comes added responsibility to do some of the work that had been done by the intelligence agencies.”