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September 25, 2016

“South Korea has elite troops on standby ready to assassinate Kim Jong Un"





US B1-B bombers fly over Next to the border on South Korea’s air space




“South Korea has elite troops on standby ready to assassinate Kim Jong Un

*The statements below have been extracted from the threats of N.Korea’s Kim Jong and responses from the South and the US commencing with Saturday night’s statement from the South which seems they have been preparing to bring this one man show to a permanent midnight.  For reasons similar to other despots that don’t think much about themselves and want to prove something to the world even if it take the destruction of some of it, he has brought the level of tensions to the highest short of a nuclear attack, kim is been relentless on that. Now the South left no room for misunderstandings: We are ready standing by (today not in a year from now) to take care of this guy and his closest henchman. The South understands this language this man will understand. They bring the danger not to innocent soldiers, civilians and city he probably cares nothing about, the danger comes to his own body which he seems to take care very well. His body and his power.
There is an ex CIA agent who said once on CBSN I would bring to war in Syria to Assad’s person. Will destroy his limo’s helios and what ever makes him feel secure. Then watch what he does and how tough he is going to be in the field. It’s early on this game of Chicken in the Korea Peninsula but may be the President of the US could learn something from our ally in South Korea.

 South Korea has elite troops on standby ready to assassinate Kim Jong Un if the country feels threatened by North Korean nuclear weapons, the country's defense minister revealed this week.

Asked in parliament Wednesday if there was a special forces unit already assembled that could eliminate North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, Han Min-koo said: "Yes, we do have such a plan. "
"South Korea has a general idea and plan to use precision missile capabilities to target the enemy's facilities in major areas as well as eliminating the enemy's leadership," he added.
Kim Jong Un inspects Farm No. 1116 in an undisclosed location in a photo released September 13, 2016.

It has long been suspected that such a plan was in place but the minister's candid answer surprised some.
"A president would want to have the option," says Daniel Pinkston of Troy University. "... Not presenting that to the president, not training for it and having that capability would be a mistake."
March 2016: Following the imposition of strict U.N. sanctions, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country’s “nuclear warheads need to be ready for use at any time," the North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.


   
January 2016: North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a thermonuclear weapon, justifying its right to have an H-bomb on the grounds of "self defense."
August 2015: As forces from the U.S. and South Korea took part in joint military drills. North Korea’s state media referred to the exercises, which started on August 17, as "madcap" and issued a stern warning to America: "If the U.S. ignites a war in the end, far from drawing a lesson taught by its bitter defeat in the history, the DPRK will bring an irrevocable disaster and disgrace to it."

 On August 23, as North Korean negotiators were meeting with their South Korean counterparts over current tensions, a KCTV presenter appeared on air repeating North Korea ambitions to destroy the warmongering South Korean puppet military. 
August 2015: On August 23, as North Korean negotiators were meeting with their South Korean counterparts over current tensions, a KCTV presenter appeared on air repeating North Korea's ambitions to "destroy the warmongering South Korean puppet military."
December 2014: The FBI said it suspected North Korea was behind a hack of Sony Entertainment, which led executives to initially cancel the theatrical release of "The Interview." The film was a comedy about an American television personality who the CIA asks to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea threatened "merciless" action against the U.S. if the film was released, accusing the U.S. of retaliating for the hack by shutting down North Korea's Internet access. North Korea's National Defense Commission also called U.S. President Barack Obama “reckless" and a "monkey."

 North Korea threatens to hit the White House and Pentagon with nuclear weapons. 
July 2014: North Korea threatens to hit the White House and Pentagon with nuclear weapons. American "imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival," North Korean officials reportedly said after the country accused the U.S. of increasing hostilities on the border with South Korea. "Our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon -- the sources of all evil," North Korean Gen. Hwang Pyong-So said, according to The Telegraph.

“U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zone in the Pacific" Whether Pyongyang has the will to back up such doomsday talk is a perplexing question, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/19/world/asia/un-north-korea/index.html">but there is evidence that its know- -- in terms of uranium enrichment, nuclear testing and missile technology -- is progressing.
March 2013: Angered by tougher U.N. sanctions and joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea, the Supreme Command of North Korea's military vowed to put "on highest alert" the country's "rocket units" that are assigned to strike "U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zone in the Pacific." Whether Pyongyang has the will to back up such doomsday talk is a perplexing question, but there is evidence that its know-how -- in terms of uranium enrichment, nuclear testing and missile technology -- is progressing.
 June 2012: Once again, North Korea vowed to be "merciless" in its promised attack on the United States, this time threatening a "sacred war" as it aimed artillery at South Korean media groups. North Korea was mad that South Korean journalists had criticized Pyongyang children's festivals meant to foster allegiance to the Kim family.
   
North Korea has a history of using creative language to express loathing for its enemies. Here are some of the regime's more colorful threats against the West.

March 2016: North Korea warned it would make a "preemptive and offensive nuclear strike" in response to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. Pyongyang issued a long statement promising that "time will prove how the crime-woven history of the U.S. imperialists who have grown corpulent through aggression and war will come to an end and how the Park Geun Hye group's disgraceful remaining days will meet a miserable doom as it is keen on the confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north."
South Korea has intensified its rhetoric against the leadership of North Korea since Pyongyang claimed a successful test of a nuclear warhead on September 9.

This week it tested a new type of high powered rocket engine of the type that could be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

‘Worst case scenario'

The defense ministry has said it is planning for the worst case scenario and assumed North Korea was ready to conduct a sixth nuclear test.
Earlier this month, Leem Ho Young, Chief Director of Strategic Planning at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described a new system called the Korea Massive Punishment & Retaliation (KMPR) just hours after North Korea claimed it had tested a nuclear warhead.
It would involve surgical missile attacks, exclusive special warfare units and an ability to strike North Korea’s leadership if South Korea feels threatened by nuclear attack.

July 9, 2015

Japan’s First openly Gay Politician talks about Korea’s Pride cancelation



 First Same Sex Weddings in Japan
 
 As complicated as the relations between Korea and Japan are over historical disputes, the two neighboring countries also share extensive similarities, one of them being their conservative societies that largely frown upon the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

That is why Japan’s first openly gay politician, Taiga Ishikawa, 40, traveled to Korea in early June to provide support for the local LGBT movement and participate in its annual queer festival. The Korea Queer Culture Festival’s street parade ― slated for June 28 ― was nearly canceled by Seoul police, but is back on track after a court ruled the ban unjust. 

“I was shocked to hear that the parade was blocked by the state forces. It saddened me,” said Ishikawa in an interview with The Korea Herald earlier this month. 

“Then it hit me; there isn’t an openly LGBT lawmaker in Korea yet.”
Taiga Ishikawa

Ishikawa was elected a member of the Toshima Assembly, a special ward in Tokyo, in 2011 as the first openly gay candidate.

He said having a sexual minority in politics is important because it allows the LGBT community to have a greater voice.

While Japan now has three sexual minorities as elected politicians in the country, the conservative administration of Shinzo Abe still does not make the job easy for them, he said.

“Policymaking in Japan as a whole is conducted as if sexual minorities do not exist. I wish to be an advocate of LGBTs, as I am one myself,” he said. “In that sense, I hope there was an LGBT politician in Korea as well.”

Korea, dominated by traditional Confucian values and a powerful Christian community, seemed to come close in 2008, when lesbian politician Choi Hyun-sook ran for a parliamentary seat. Her attempt, while praised by local activists, came to no avail as she went home defeated with only 1.6 percent of the vote. 

Ishikawa said he understood how it feels to be alone and cut off from those once regarded as friends because of one’s sexual orientation.

“I realized that I was gay in the fifth grade. Many LGBT people realize their sexual orientation in the early stages of their life, whether it be in kindergarten or in middle school,” he said. “It is important to tell them that they’re not weird and that they are not alone.”

He said the LGBT parade is important because it is a way of telling these people that they are not alone or isolated, which was how he often felt up to his 20s.

“I could not obtain proper information about LGBT at home or school, anywhere. Until I ran into other LGBT people, I was left in utter isolation,” Ishikawa said. “People start to drift apart, while less people understand how I feel.

“Statistics show that gay (and) bisexual teens in Japan are six times more likely to commit suicide than those who are heterosexuals. It is important to deliver the accurate information to teenagers.”

According to Ishikawa, 62 percent of gay and bisexual teenage boys in Japan have felt the urge to commit suicide, with 14 percent actually having attempted it. Of the entire LGBT teen population, 70 percent were bullied at schools. 

“The important message is to show that it is not the LGBT people that are evil, but the society that persecutes them,” said Ishikawa.

In 1999, when Ishikawa started to interact with other LGBT community members, he realized he wasn’t alone. That gave him the courage to start working as an activist for LGBT rights, he said. 

He also published the memoir “Where is My Boyfriend?” about his experience growing up as a young gay man in modern-day Japan. 

Despite the obstacles faced by sexual minorities, Ishikawa said Japan has made considerable progress in the past 10 years, a claim perhaps best backed by his election.

He said an increasing number of sexual minorities are revealing their names and faces when appearing in public, such as in media interviews.

“When you look at countries that allow gay marriage, (the concept) is widely understood by the ordinary public,” he said. “The trend has been about activists coming out of the closet, but anyone should be able to do so. The hurdle to coming out should be lower.”

As a gay member of parliament, Ishikawa said his proudest accomplishment is making Toshima more “LGBT-friendly.” He recently pushed to add a section on LGBT people to the suicide prevention manual of Toshima’s civil servants. 

Lack of recognition is considered one of the main difficulties faced by sexual minorities, he said. Korea has been no exception. Earlier this year, the Education Ministry was criticized by activists within and outside the country for not adding a section about LGBT in the national sex education guidelines for schools.

“The thing that hurt me the most was not being able to convey a feeling to other people that I am attracted to men. Everyone else just assumed I was heterosexual,” he said. “Building a relationship in that situation made me feel as if I did not exist. That I was not being accepted for who I was.”

By Yoon Min-sik (minsikyoon@heraldcorp.com)
posted as it appeared on Korea Herald

June 29, 2015

Gay Pride in Seoul faced wrath of Conservative Christians, blood spilled




Gay pride faced Christian outrage in central Seoul in a showdown that dramatized the conflict between Korea’s deeply conservative values and the country’s latter-day surge toward democratic equality.
Advocates and foes of gay rights clashed after a gay pride rally on the grassy plaza in front of Seoul City Hall that drew several thousand people — many celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage between gay couples.
As they cheered, sang and danced inside the plaza, thousands of foes of gay marriage shouted slogans and epithets from beyond rows of policemen. The  policemen, pouring from dozens of police buses, probably outnumbered both the gay ralliers and their foes.
A parade in which those at the rally sought to march up the avenue toward the reconstructed Kyongbeok Palace of Korean kings broke up in scuffles between marchers and their critics organized by Seoul’s powerful Protestant churches.

Participants of a gay pride march wave a rainbow flag as they stand before a police cordon set up to keep out anti-gay Christian activists,  (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Throughout the rally, thousands of policemen formed a tight ring around a temporary enclosure hastily erected to keep out  anti-gay troublemakers. With the police staving off their foes, gay marriage crusaders cheered speeches proclaiming their freedom  to do as they please.
Across the avenue, Christian pastors shouted sermons over mega-loudspeakers denouncing gay marriage as contrary to biblical teachings. “Have you heard of Sodom and Gomorrah,” a Protestant pastor responded when asked what he thought of the rally.
The size and anger of the anti-gay protest showed the depth of the opposition to gay rights.  In a society that is actually rather open when it come to extra-marital sex, in which adultery is common and prostitution is widespread, the notion of gay marriage is almost never mentioned in political debate.

A participant poses for a souvenir photo with cutouts of U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during the Korea Queer Festival in Seoul, (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
The fact that gay rights crusaders were able to hold the rally in such a conspicuous central location represented a signal triumph for a movement that’s been building in recent years. The police had initially refused to issue a permit for the rally but had to relent after a local court overruled them in the name of free speech.
Although gay rights advocates have organized rallies in recent years, they never before had been able to obtain the permit needed to gather on the city hall plaza, the site of numerous rallies staged over the years by political groups and labor unions.
The weather on a balmy sunny Sunday was perfect for the occasion at which a picnic-like atmosphere prevailed within the fencing that shielded the rally from its foes.
Ralliers sprawled on the grass, did impromptu dances, posed for pictures and applauded songs played by local groups on a large stage. On the fringes of the grass, souvenir stands purveyed gay literature, pins, banners and soft drinks in the rainbow colors of the LGBTQ movement.
Outside the tightly controlled fence surrounding the rally, the mood was that of righteous wrath expressed in biblical quotations as well as banners and posters in Korean and English.
In fact, the anti-gay protesters, crowding broad sidewalks in front of the Seoul City Hall and across the avenue, outnumbered the Gay Pride crowd by a wide margin. They had been preparing for weeks to block the rally, reserving potential rally sites, inveighing against the Gay pride movement in church services and meetings and demonstrating against rally organizers as they asked for permits.
Posters hefted by anti-gay demonstrators tended not to use the word “gay” other than to say, “Gay Marriage Out.” Many of the posters said “No” in large letters beside slogans in Korean. “Homosexual rights are not human rights,” said one of the posters. “Marriage is between man and woman,” said another.
Christian and nationalist values suffused the anti-gay protest.  Banners proclaiming “Holy Korea” and “Holy, Holy Holy” were raised on high while pastors  shouted out the evils of homosexuality as revealed in the bible.
The anti-gay protest was also anti-foreign, at least as seen in declarations about the U.S. Supreme Court decision. “Do not impose foreign culture on Korean cultural values,” said one sign.
The pervasive Christian influence over the anti-gay protest, however, raised another question. About one third of Korea’s 50 million people are Christian, but what about the rest of the people? About one fourth of Koreans are Buddhist while the rest tend to be agnostic or atheist but often influenced by shamanism going deep into Korean cultural history.
Non-Christians also are deeply conservative but may not be so forcefully opposed to gay pride. “I have no problem with that,” said a bystander outside the rally when asked what she thought of marriage for gay couples. “Why does it matter?”
Contributor Forbes

June 19, 2015

HRW asks S.Korea Pres.to Allow Gay Pride

 




Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental international group, has written to President Park Geun-hye asking her to permit a street parade by sexual minorities scheduled for June 28.

The parade is planned as the final event of the annual Korea Queer Festival, but police in Seoul have refused permission.

"The South Korean government should protect the freedom of assembly and expression of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and their allies instead of forbidding them to assemble and march on the streets of Seoul," according to the letter, sent on Friday.

The letter was from the NGO's Asia Director Brad Adams and Graeme Reid, program director for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

It was also addressed to Acting prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan, Police Agency Commissioner General Kang Sin-myeong and Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency Commissioner Go Dun-su.

The gay festival, which began last week, has been drawing fierce protests from local Christians, who argue that homosexuality is a "sin" and therefore the festival should be called off. Protesters have staged rallies at Seoul Plaza, where the festival's opening ceremony took place.

On May 30, festival organizers asked Namdaemun Police Station to allow the parade, but police refused.

They cited two reasons: Possible traffic congestions in central Seoul and possible clashes with religious groups.

"Parades, by their nature, disrupt traffic and a professional police force like the one in Seoul should be able to manage those disruptions, and even conflicting demonstrations, without resorting to shutting down the march," the letter said.

"Last year, opponents took illegal direct action to block the parade route themselves by lying down on the streets. This year, the Seoul police effectively gave those groups a veto over the parade, rather than finding a way to accommodate it."

The NGO also claimed police decision ran counter to the government's recent moves internationally.

In 2011 and 2014, Korea voted for United Nations Human Rights Council resolutions that "called for an end to violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and that authorized development of global reports on the status of LGBT rights."

"The South Korean government should fulfill its obligation to protect demonstrators in the nation's capital ― by permitting the parade to enable marchers to bring their views to the attention of the broader public in Seoul and by providing meaningful security during the events," the letter said.

Namdaemun police said they made the decision independently, and denied possible NAP or SMPA involvement.

 By Kim Se-jeong 

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