North Korea Is NOT One Of The Ten Nuclear Horns (Daniel 7:7)

North Korea Hints At Nuclear Test Moratorium

Kim Jong Un inspects “new” military technology made by unit 1501 of the Korean People’s Army.
Posted: 01/10/2015 11:20 am EST Updated: 01/10/2015 11:59 am EST
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has told the United States that it is willing to impose a temporary moratorium on its nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North’s official news agency said Saturday.

Washington called the linking of the military drills with a possible nuclear test “an implicit threat,” but said it was open to dialogue with North Korea.

The U.S. has previously refused to cancel military drills with South Korea, even at times of high tensions, and has said the North must first demonstrate how sincere it is about nuclear disarmament before serious talks can resume.

The North’s reported proposal comes at a time of animosity between North Korea and the U.S. over a Sony movie depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The U.S. blames the North for crippling hacking attacks on Sony Entertainment and subsequently imposed new sanctions on the country, inviting an angry response from Pyongyang, which has denied responsibility for the cyberattacks.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the government proposed to the U.S. what it calls a “crucial step” to ease animosities and remove the danger of war, prompted by desires to pave the way for a reunification with South Korea this year, which marks the 70th anniversary of the rivals’ division.

The message “proposed the U.S. to contribute to easing tension on the Korean Peninsula by temporarily suspending joint military exercises in South Korea and its vicinity this year, and said that in this case (North Korea) is ready to take such responsive step as temporarily suspending the nuclear test over which the U.S. is concerned,” KCNA’s report said.

“Now is the time for the U.S. to make a bold decision for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia,” it said.

The message was conveyed to the U.S. on Friday through an unspecified relevant channel, KCNA said.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday that a new nuclear test would be a “clear violation of North Korea’s obligations under multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

“The DPRK statement that inappropriately links routine (U.S.-South Korean) exercises to the possibility of a nuclear test by North Korea is an implicit threat,” she said, using the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“We call on the DPRK to immediately cease all threats, reduce tensions, and take the necessary steps toward denuclearization needed to resume credible negotiations,” Psaki said. “The United States remains open to dialogue with the DPRK, with the aim of returning to credible and authentic negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Pyongyang has called the annual U.S.-South Korean military drills a rehearsal for an invasion, though the allies have repeatedly said that the war games are defensive in nature, and that they have no intentions of attacking the North. Analysts say the U.S.-South Korea drills have hurt the North’s economy because Pyongyang has spent precious resources to stage its own drills in response.

North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013. A fourth test would mark another defiant response to U.S.-led international pressure on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program.

Western experts believe North Korea has a handful of rudimentary bombs, though it is not believed to be capable yet of producing warheads small enough to mount on a long-range missile that could threaten the U.S. Another nuclear test could put the North a step closer to that goal.

The Korean Peninsula remains divided along the world’s most heavily armed border because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 American troops are deployed in South Korea as a buttress against potential North Korean aggression.

In the spring of 2013, tensions dramatically spiked after Pyongyang made a torrent of threats to launch nuclear strikes against Seoul and Washington to protest U.N. sanctions that were toughened following the North’s third nuclear test.

Babylon The Great Needs To Stop Feeding The Third Horn (Daniel 8:8)

Is Pakistan worth America’s investment? NYT says aid should drop

Pakistani+terrorism

New York Times
Jan 10, 2015, 04.12PM IST
 
It doesn’t take much to stir controversy over America’s relationship with Pakistan. The latest dust-up involves $532 million in economic assistance that the United States expects to provide this year. Last week, Pakistani officials jumped the gun by suggesting the money is closer to being disbursed than it is; the news annoyed India, which doesn’t think the aid is merited.

That is a familiar complaint. Since 9/11, the United States has provided Pakistan with billions of dollars, mostly in military aid, to help fight extremists. There are many reasons to have doubts about the investment. Still, it is in America’s interest to maintain assistance – at a declining level – at least for the time being. But much depends on what the money will be used for. One condition for new aid should be that Pakistan do more for itself – by cutting back on spending for nuclear weapons and requiring its elites to pay taxes.

Doubts about the aid center on Pakistan’s army, which has long played a double game, accepting America’s money while enabling some militant groups, including members of the Afghan Taliban who have been battling U.S. and Afghan troops in Afghanistan. The relationship hit bottom in 2011 when Osama bin Laden was found hiding in Pakistan and was killed by a Navy SEAL team. But it has since improved. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit Islamabad soon.

After militants massacred 148 students and teachers at an army-run school in Peshawar last month, Pakistan’s government promised that it would no longer distinguish between “bad” militant groups, which are seeking to bring down the Pakistani state, and “good” militant groups that have been supported and exploited by the army to attack India and wield influence in Afghanistan. But there is little evidence that the army has gone after the “good” groups in a serious way.

This double game is a big reason that the administration has been unable to fulfill Congress’ mandate to certify that Pakistan has met certain requirements, including preventing its territory from being used for terror attacks, as a condition of assistance. Instead, officials have had to rely on a national security waiver to keep aid flowing.

There is a case for doing that. After much foot-dragging, the Pakistani army is finally battling militants in the North Waziristan region, and US officials say there has been real progress.
Also, Pakistan has allowed US drone attacks against militants along the border to resume, and is cooperating with the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani. Pakistan’s help is essential as Ghani pursues peace talks with the Taliban. It also counts as progress that Pakistan completed a transition from one civilian government to another in 2013 and that the current government, while fragile, remains in place.

US officials say aid has allowed them to maintain some modest leverage with Pakistan’s leaders and to invest in projects that advance both countries’ interests, including energy, more than 600 miles of new roads and support for democratic governance. But it makes no sense to subsidize Pakistan’s policy failures, which include an obsession with nuclear weapons, paltry investments in education and a refusal to seriously combat extremism.

The Numbers Increase Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

M2.4 – 7km SE of Dannemora, New York 2015-01-11 15:54:57 UTC

USGS 1-11-14

Summary

Location and Magnitude contributed by: Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network
 
General
 
300 km
200 mi
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New York
44.682°N, 73.652°W
Depth: 3.6km (2.2mi)
 
Event Time
  1.  2015-01-11 15:54:57 UTC
  2. 2015-01-11 10:54:57 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2015-01-11 08:54:57 UTC-07:00 system time

Location

44.682°N 73.653°W depth=3.6km (2.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 7km (4mi) SE of Dannemora, New York
  2. 15km (9mi) W of Plattsburgh, New York
  3. 41km (25mi) WNW of Burlington, Vermont
  4. 42km (26mi) WNW of Colchester, Vermont
  5. 97km (60mi) WNW of Montpelier, Vermont

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