North Korea Arrests US Citizen, Threatens To Sink US Aircraft Carrier As Japan Deploys Warships

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A third US citizen has been arrested and remains in custody in North Korea, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. A man, a Korean-American professor in his 50s, identified by the surname Kim, had been in North Korea for a month to discuss relief activities and was detained at Pyongyang International Airport just as he was leaving North Korea, the agency reported.

The man was a former professor at Yanbian University of Science and Technology (YUST), Yonhap said, citing unnamed sources. YUST, a university in neighboring China, has a sister university in Pyongyang. An official at South Korea's National Intelligence Service said it was not aware of the reported arrest. The reason for his arrest is still unclear, and there has been no comment from the US authorities so far. South Korea’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, said it “was not aware” of Kim’s arrest, according to Yonhap.

North Korea, which has been criticized for its human rights record, has in the past used detained Americans to extract high-profile visits from the United States, with which it has no formal diplomatic relations. North Korea already holds two Americans. Ahn Chan-il, director of the World North Korea Research Center in Seoul, said that the North "seems to be intending to use professor Kim as leverage in negotiations" amid the current bad relations between the two countries.

Pyongyang airport

According to Reuters, Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old student, was detained in January last year and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by a North Korean court for attempting to steal a propaganda banner. In March 2016, Korean-American Kim Dong Chul, 62, was sentenced to 10 years hard labor for subversion. U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 15 years hard labor for crimes against the state. He was released two years later.

Since 2009, over 10 U.S. citizens have been detained in North Korea on charges of anti-state and other unspecified crimes. The widespread view has been that Pyongyang uses the detentions as bargaining chips in its negotiations with Washington.

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Meanwhile, one day after North Korea lashed out at its biggest supporter in the region China, threatening Beijing with "catastrophic consequences" for siding with the U.S. over sanctions, North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier steaming toward the Korean penninsula to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.

"Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike," the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary. The paper compared the aircraft carrier to a "gross animal" and said a strike on it would be "an actual example to show our military's force". The commentary was carried on page three of the newspaper, after a two-page feature about leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a pig farm.

North Korea says its nuclear program is for self-defense and has warned the United States of a nuclear attack in response to any aggression. It has also threatened to lay waste to South Korea and Japan.

Additionally, as discussed previously, North Korea will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army on Tuesday when some speculate it may set off a nuclear test.

Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies. The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details.

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Adding to the growing military tension in the region, two Japanese warships, the Samidare and Ashigara, left western Japan on Friday to join the Carl Vinson and will "practice a variety of tactics" with the U.S. strike group, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force said in a statement according to Reuters.

The Japanese force did not specify where the exercises were taking place, but by Sunday the destroyers could have reached an area 2,500 km (1,500 miles) south of Japan, which would be east of the Philippines. From there, it could take three days to reach waters off the Korean peninsula. Japan's ships would accompany the Carl Vinson north at least into the East China Sea, a source with knowledge of the plan said. U.S. and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks that the North could soon stage another nuclear test, something the United States, China and others have warned against.

Japan's show of naval force reflects growing concern that North Korea could strike it with nuclear or chemical warheads. Some Japanese ruling party lawmakers are urging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to acquire strike weapons that could hit North Korean missile forces before any imminent attack.

Japan's navy, which is mostly a destroyer fleet, is the second largest in Asia after China's.

South Korea has already put its forces on heightened alert. China, North Korea's sole major ally, opposes Pyongyang's weapons programs and has appealed for calm. The United States has called on China to do more to help defuse the tension. Last Thursday, Trump praised Chinese efforts to rein in "the menace of North Korea", after North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty pre-emptive strike".

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Yen Cross's picture

 Dim Sum Kim is acting up again.  Too much "soy sauce" in his diet.

Looney's picture

 

I want to order some North Korean food, but the search engine keeps coming up with Korean Restaurants only.

Calling and asking them whether they’re “South” or “North” would guarantee their pubes and nails in my order, so it’s a non-starter.

I guess I’m gonna have to scrape some grass off of my lawn mower and catch-n-fry the neighbors’ Chihuahua I was bitching about the other day.   ;-)

Looney

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Kotzbomber747's picture

Yawn. Come on folks, nothing will happen, it's just posturing.

The Carl Vinson will do a few exercises with the Japanese and South Korean navy's and then fuck off again, while the Orange Infant in the White House will get distracted again by something else like Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, ISIS or whatever.

svayambhu108's picture

Did he [the citizen] steal a poster or shit

Kotzbomber747's picture

Let's see if the Carl Vinson manages to get lost again on it's way to the Korean Peninsula...

"Any day now..." and "this time it's different..."

NOT!

abyssinian's picture

JUST ATTACK ALREADY! SO MANY FREAKING THREATS!  Sink them stupid Jap paper boats too.

Arnold's picture

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Ignatius's picture

"Did he [the citizen] steal a poster or shit"

The Israelis MURDERED a US citizen (+ 8 Turks) on the Mavi Marmara in international waters, and what came of that?

More faux outrage.

Giant Meteor's picture

This is not funny! Was it funny when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!?

Hell No !

fbazzrea's picture

Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?? lol now THAT is funny.  

Rusty Shorts's picture

Was it over when the Japanese invaded Poland?!

TwelveOhOne's picture

It's an "Animal House" reference.

Giant Meteor's picture

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fbazzrea's picture

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TheLastTrump's picture

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shamus001's picture

15 years "HARD LABOR" definently teaches them lil 20 year old $hits not to act the fool.  What would they do for flaming-lib burning a police car?  Blow up their body with an AA missile and deliver the scraps to the DNC?

Yen Cross's picture

 I have a hunch that the bluff is going to b called.  What troubles me, is the ability to manage multiple theaters of operation.

  Explain this

HardAssets's picture

It actually takes some time to steam a carrier battle group across the Pacific. And now a total of three carrier battle groups are headed that way ? Yeah, they're serious.

The end game, and the final outcome ?

Who knows.

TheLastTrump's picture

Note, the article about the 3 carrier groups only appeared here on ZH and was blatant fake news, apparently.

 

The USS Carl Vinson is due Tues 4/25. I think 4/25 is also a big celebration day in NK, army day or some such crap.

HardAssets's picture

Given that just about all 'news' is fake and that we've seen msm blackout certain stories, who knows what's true and what's false.

Most likely POTUS has the same problem.

TheLastTrump's picture

"What troubles me, is the ability to manage multiple theaters of operation."

 

 

Yes, this, but worse- the deliberate foot dragging of liberal military/intel officials trying to make Trump look bad so he won't get re elected. These guys are on the inside.

Kotzbomber747's picture

It'll be a dud folks, just like over the Easter weekend.

TheLastTrump's picture

hope so...there was no aircraft carrier there Easter weekend...

tmosley's picture

In the South, you get icy noodle soup. In the North, you get ice soup.

HooRAY4rSIDE's picture

With ice made from dehydrated water

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

They only eat cats and dogs in NK.

YourAverageJoe's picture

North Korea has no surplus food to sell.

Winston Churchill's picture

.Bit like napalese I've heard.

If so,fedd it to your dog only.

dogismycopilot's picture

Pyongyang is a chain of 130 restaurants named after the capital of North Korea in a dozen countries around the world.[1] The restaurants are owned and operated by the Haedanghwa Group, an organisation of the government of North Korea.[2]....The staff are attractive, young Korean women in traditional Chos?n-ot dress

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyongyang_(restaurant_chain)

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Forget TRADITIONAL dress. They need to dress up their eye candy like that Korean girl band.
https://ixquick-proxy.com/do/spg/show_picture.pl?l=english&rais=1&oiu=ht...

Vageling's picture

Where I live there was this North Korean joint. The women were eyecandy. Food was good. But you know... There were spies among them. It closed down after an dispute with a local investor. That staff really triggered my instincts. Running a joint during the day, beeing a spook when not. Be carefull. Insulting the "Brilliant Chubby Comrade" might be retaliated. Feed some to the neighbors loud chihuahua first! If it stops barking?.. You know what to do ;)

Gead's picture

Looney, North Korean food consists primarily of hot air and Un's waste matter. Think Ghostbusters with an Asian flavor. The Stay-Puft marshmallow man from the Orient. Just wait til he explodes over New York City. Sticky rice-like substance everywhere. About the only cuisine worse would be Western Somalian delicacies.

Zero Point's picture

North Korean food is exactly the same as South Korean food. Except the plate is empty.

thunderchief's picture

I think  this is what you call a false flag.

Maybe if we just said Kim Jung Un took marry poppins and snow white hostage we would feel even more compelled to start war that kills millions. 

At this point who cares about the illogic.

TheLastTrump's picture

Of course you could be correct but the odds are against it. Can you imagine being the guy who has to follow the order to go to North Korea & get arrested by the Norks?

 

Those fuckers are implacable, unmerciful.

napper's picture

Thanks to the drugs and stimulants from the US and its vassals.

Lanka's picture

Send in the clowns: Dennis Rodman, US Ambassador to NK

Pliskin's picture

They are sending in the clowns....The U.S. Carl Vinson is 'Steaming' over there!!

...and has been 'Steaming' over there for the last two weeks...it got lost apparently...exceptional!!

swmnguy's picture

I believe it actually is "steaming."  I think the nuclear power plant heats water, turning it to steam, which actually drives the engines.

It does seem to be taking the local route, however, and not the express.

Citxmech's picture

Maybe they delayed the first carrier so all three can arrive together...

TheLastTrump's picture

Media narrative pusher, fuck you.

 

Isn't the Vinson supposed to be on station Tuesday the 25th? That's funny, that's what I heard almost 2 weeks ago...I guess you overlooked that in your rush to judgement?