Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mixed Signals from North Korea

日外长:朝鲜正准备核试验 日朝会谈需慎重

Japan's foreign minister : North Korea is preparing for a nuclear test.
Japanese - North Korean talks need to be cautious.

In a speech held in the Japanese town of Kochi on March 31, foreign minister Kōno mentioned ongoing work at a North Korean nuclear test site where it seems that damage from an earlier test is being urgently repaired.


This is probably a statement in the speech of [foreign minister] Kōno that is referring
to satellite photos provided by the US.

[ZaoBao 早报—早晚全新, Singapore, on March 31, 2018]

Related blogspot providing further information: Kim Jong-un in Beijing

Friday, March 30, 2018

Israeli Reconnaissance Flight into Iran

الجريدة الكويتية: مقاتلات إسرائيلية نفذت طلعات فوق مواقع نووية فى إيران

Kuwaiti Newspaper : Israeli fighter [ jets ]
appeared above some nuclear sites in Iran.

[Youm7 اليوم السابع, Egypt, on March 29, 2018]

The Kuwaiti newspaper الجريدة الكويتية was the first to report on the incursion of two Israeli F35 stealth fighter jets into Iran where they allegedly circled high above sites that are considered to be linked with the Iranian nuclear program.

The warplanes should have remained undetected by Russian radar facilities in Syria when they passed over Syria and Iraq on their way to Iran. This is being denied by the Russian ministry of defense.

A comprehensive report on that incident has been published today by Daily Pakistan.
Read the Pakistani article..

This comes only days after Israel admitted having bombed
a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 as a warning to Iran.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Kim Jong-un in Beijing

Last Update: March 29

传金正恩秘密抵华 北京封路迎贵宾

News are spreading that Kim Jong-un is on a secret visit to China.
Beijing roads receive the distinguished guest.


There are indications that Kim Jong-un resides at Diaoyu Terrace
national guest house in Beijing and is meeting with Chinese leaders.

It is said that Kim Jong-un arrived by train at Beijing's Dandong railway station around 22:00 in the evening. He is expected to stay in Beijing on an "unofficial visit" from March 25-28, 2018.

[Kwonghwa 光华, Malaysia, on March 27, 2018]

North Korean motorcade leaving the national guest house early in the morning.
[阿波罗新闻 on March 27, 2018]

Kim Jong-un and China's leader Xi JinPing meeting together with their wives in
the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. [XinHua 新华社 on March 28, 2018].

The next day, on March 28, Reuters news agency comes about
with an evaluation of Kim Jong-un's unexpected visit to Beijing:
With secretive China trip, North Korea's Kim builds bargaining power.

我们希望朝鲜政治稳定、经济发展、人民幸福, 支持以委员长同志为首的朝鲜劳动党带领朝鲜人民沿着社会主义道路不断前进, 支持朝鲜同志为发展经济、改善民生所作积极努力。

We hope for North Korea's political stability, the development of its economy and the happiness of its people. We support [our] comrade at the head of the commission to become the first in the North Korean Worker's Party to guide the North Korean people to continuously proceed along the road of socialism. We support the North Korean comrade in developing economy and improving the people's energetic efforts.

China's leader Xi JinPing quoted from People's Daily - overseas edition 人民日报海外版—海外网 on March 28, 2018.

Chinese language TV station using material from Mainland China's Central TV CCTV.

North Korea Is Firing Up a Reactor. That Could Upset Trump’s Talks With Kim.

A NewYork Times headline on March 27, 2018, referring to the recently completed
nuclear reactor in the Yongbyon area and that should be able to produce plutonium.


North Korea makes known that it is searching for
the possibility of a summit with Japan and Russia.

[ZaoBao 早报—早晚全新, Singapore, on March 29, 2018]

The headline from Singapore is referring to an article published by the Japan based "North Korean - Japanese News" from March 29.


Visitor to "blueprint news" coming from Macao, the town where the North Korean
Kim Jong-nam had been living before he was killed with a nerve agent by hired
personnel while waiting for his flight home at Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia.
The assassination was allegedly staged on behalf of Kim's brother Kim Jong-un.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Libya - Gaddafi's Son for President

أدلة وتسجيلات... سيف الإسلام القذافي يفجر مفاجأة في أول حوار بعد إعلان ترشحه

Evidence & registrations : Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi's striking surprise
in the first conversation after the declaration of his candidacy.

فجر سيف الإسلام القذافي، نجل الرئيس الليبي الراحل، معمر القذافي، مفاجآت عديدة ووجه تهديدات لشخصيات عديدة في أول حوار له بعد إعلان ترشحه لرئاسة ليبيا.ـ

Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi : The son of deceased Libyan president Muamar al-Gaddafi striking in a manifold surprise and an intimidating aspect of manifold identities in the first conversation with him after his declaration of candidacy for Libya's presidency.

بعد ترشحه للرئاسة... سيف الإسلام القذافي يخاطب

After his candidacy for presidency:
Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi is speaking.

[Sputnik , Arabic language service, on March 24, 2018]

As the chaotic situation in Libya is seen as a serious threat to the internal security of neighbouring countries, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt are highly interested in finding a political solution which would help to establish a stable administration in Libya. Only some days ago the Egyptian daily Egypt Today wrote:

“Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya, so he can run for the upcoming presidential election due in 2018,” said Libyan Tribal Chief and spokesperson of the Gaddafi family, Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul to Egypt Today.

“Saif al-Islam will run for the upcoming presidential election which may take place in mid-2018,” Soul revealed to Egypt Today in December.

Further to Soul’s comments, Libyan Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala stated at the Valdai Club panel discussion in Russia on Wednesday: “We believe that the presidential election will be held in the middle of 2018.”

Soul told Egypt Today that Saif al-Islam has already prepared his platform, which he intends to declare soon. “The platform includes some procedures that Saif al-Islam hopes the United Nations would adopt to help Libya move from the incumbent transitional period to stability.”

“Saif al-Islam plans to impose more security and stability, in accordance with the Libyan geography and in coordination with all Libyan factions,” Soul stated.

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria convened in Tunisia on Saturday to resume discussions over the security and political developments of Libya. Libya has become the largest security threat facing the Egyptian state, along with Tunisia and Algeria. The frequent failures of international reconciliation attempts and the fall of weapons into the hands of different militant groups have forced Egypt to play a major role in seeking to solve the Libyan crisis.

Previously, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with Libya’s Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, to discuss the political accords necessary to preserve Libya’s unity and integrity.

[Egypt Today, quotation from an article published on March 19, 2018]

Now, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi is willing to make a statement in the frame of allegations that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy received money from his father, the toppled Libyan president Muamar al-Gaddafi, and which Sarkozy transferred to his party in order to finance his own election campaign in 2007.

L'ex-président français Nicolas Sarkozy en
quittant sa garde à vue mercredi 21 mars 2018.

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy while
leaving his custody on Wednesday March 21, 2018.

Nicolas Sarkozy a été mis en examen mercredi soir dans le cadre de l'enquête sur le financement libyen présumé de sa campagne électorale de 2007. L'ex-président français nie les faits qui lui sont reprochés.

Wednesday evening [i.e. March 21] Nicolas Sarkozy was interrogated in the frame of suspected financing of his 2007 election campaign by Libya. The former French president denies the accusations he is being reproached with.

L'ancien chef de l'Etat, qui avait été placé en garde à vue mardi matin à Nanterre, a été mis en examen pour "corruption passive", "financement illégal de campagne électorale" et "recel de fonds publics libyens" et placé sous contrôle judiciaire, a précisé une source judiciaire.

The former head of state had been put into custody and under legal control on Monday morning [i.e. March 19] and interrogated for "passive corruption", "illegal financing of an election campaign" and for "receiving public funds belonging to Libya under a false pretext".

[RTL Suisse on March 24, 2018]

US Tariffs - China Strikes Back

Last Update: March 25, 2018

It didn't take long for the Chinese government to respond to protective tariffs US president Trump imposed on China. The Economic Survey Network 经济观察网 and which is related to the Beijing University of Technology 北京理工大学 wrote:


China Starts Striking Back !
Outburst of a Sino-US War of Trade.
The Winter of Globalization already in Progress ?

几个小时后,中国开始了反击。上午7点,中国商务部发布了针对 美国进口钢铁和铝产品232措施的中止减让产品清单并征求公众意见, 拟对自美进口部分产品加征关税,以平衡因美国对进口钢铁和铝产品 加征关税给中方利益造成的损失。该清单暂定包含7类、128个税项产品, 按2017年统计,涉及美对华约30亿美元出口。

Some hours later, China started striking back. At 7 o'clock in the morning China's trade ministry announced to target US import of steel and aluminium products by using 232 steps to suspend and reduce [the availability of] products [specially] requested by public opinion and contained on a detailed list that was drafted because of raised tariffs on part of products imported by the US. Balanced Chinese benefits would [otherwise] suffer from losses due to the raised US tariffs on steel and aluminium products. The [Chinese] list would temporarily contain 7 sorts of and 128 [single] taxed products. According to 2017 statistics, US exports to China make up for about 300 million US$.

[Economic Survey Network 经济观察网, Beijing, on March 23, 2018]

The above list is comprising 120 US products for which protective tariffs of 15% have been
fixed by China's ministry of trade. These products comprise fresh and dried fruit products
as well as wine among other goods. The overall value of such goods imported by China
makes up for some 9.77 million US$.

Another group of US products, including pork meat and recovered aluminium products, are
subject to a different tariff of 25%. The total volume of trade for these products makes up
for some 19.92 million US$.

[Chinanews Network 中国新闻网 on March 23, 2018]


A war of trade doesn't really hit !
China's economy "tsars" and America's [wealthy tycoons] agree to talks and a to [untie the knots].

This brandnew video from a Hong Kong source is partly using cartoons to explain the disadvantages of a war of trade. It was published on March 24, 2018.


Visitor to "blueprint news" coming from Hanoi, Vietnam.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

N Korea - Chinese Wishful Thinking ?

Yesterday, March 13, and on the occasion of his visit to Miramar naval base in S. California, US president Donald Trump expressed his hopes for an "outstanding" development in the North Korean issue. This refers to an eventual meeting between Trump and the N Korean leader Kim Jong-un before May 2018.

It was the same day, Trump fired his foreign secretary, the rather moderate Rex Tillerson, and replaced him with CIA director Mike Pompeo, a notorious falcon when it comes to respond to North Korean aggression.

The Chinese source "China News Network", however, doesn't refer to such latest news from the White House and is quoting instead Trump's comment on the planned meeting with Kim, even one day after the US president made his widely unexpected move.


Trump says he will meet with Kim Jong-un before May.


Trump: The Korean peninsula issue will
hopefully deliver an "outstanding" result.

[China News Network 中国新闻网 on March 14, 2018]


US visitor to "blueprint news" reminding the end of World War II.

My newsblog, including the experimental Chinese language site, is being screened
by some Chinese visitor(s) on a daily basis. Any direct identification of Chinese
visitors, however, remains a rare event, even though different points of access to
the internet could be detected in different parts of China in the past.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Iran - Israel Preparing for War

Since tensions between Israel and Iran began to rise over the military presence of Iran and its regional ally Hezbollah in Syria, a war between both adversaries has become increasingly realistic.

Photo above: Israeli air force helicopter

صحيفة: ضربات أمريكية إسرائيلية محتملة في سوريا

Newspaper: Joint US-Israeli strikes possible in Syria.

قالت صحيفة كويتية إن سوريا باتت في مرمى ضربات أمريكية وإسرائيلية وشيكة، ونقلت عن مصادرها أن رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو ناقش مع الرئيس دونالد ترامب خلال لقائهما منذ أيام في واشنطن، خطة إسرائيلية موسعة.ـ

A Kuwaiti newspaper said that Syria is now a target of imminent US-Israeli strikes and that its sources reported that Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had discussed extended Israeli plannings with president Donald Trump during their meeting in Washington some days ago.

[Sputnik - Arabic News quoting the Kuwaiti newspaper الجريدة on March 10, 2018]

Sputnik on March 6, 2018: Israel notifies the US that it prepares for military activities.

كاتب إسرائيلي: حرب مع إيران قد لا تتعارض مع مصالح روسيا

Israeli journalist: A war with Iran might not be in conflict with Russian interests.

[Arabi 21 quoting the Israeli newspaper Maariv on March 11, 2018]

Algérie Patriotique, Algier, on February 20, 2018:
Israel's army is preparing for a long-standing war with Iran in 2018.

This article is referring to an interview which Israel's chief of operations Tsahal,
general Nitzan Alon (photo above), granted to the pro-Israeli website i24 News.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Iran Preparing Showdown with Israel ?

Last Update: March 5, 2018

Iran Storing Rockets in the Neighbourhood of Israel

A brandnew military facility allegedly stuffed with short- and medium-range rockets in the outskirts of Damascus could trigger off a dogfight between Israel and Iran in Syria. The notorious US channel Fox News seems to be at the source of these news. Here are some repercussions from Arabic language news centers:

إيران تخزّن صواريخ في سوريا لضرب كلّ الأراضي الإسرائيلية

Iran stores rockets in Syria to hit all of Israel.

[euronews, Lyon/France, on 1st March 2018]

قاعدة إيرانية جديدة في سوريا: تمهيد لضربة إسرائيلية؟

New Iranian base in Syria: Prelude of an Israeli attack ?

[Al-Modon المدن, Beirut/Lebanon, on 1st March 2018]

Above photo: Iranian soldiers mourning their commander who lost his life in Syria.

إسرائيل تحذّر إيران في سوريا ... قاعدتكم الجديدة ستختفي قريباً

Israel warning Iran in Syria ... Your new base will soon disappear !

[Al-Qurtas القرطاس, Baghdad/Iraq, on March 2, 2018]

Above photo: Palestinian citizens being dragged away by Israeli Police.

ـ«يوراسيا ريفيو»: الحرب بين إيران و«إسرائيل» أوشكت على البدء

"Eurasia Review": The war between Iran and "Israel" is about to begin.

[RASSD News شبكة رصد الاخبارية is a Cairo based news service popular in different Arab countries; article published on March 4, 2018]

Read here opinion from Israel In Syria Force Will Prevail, an article published by Haaretz on March 5, 2018.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

N Koreans Abroad - A Secret Army ?

美媒:金正恩派2000名間諜到美國 預謀破壞

US media: Kim Jong-un sent 2.000 spies to America - Premeditated Destruction

儘管美國政府的報告顯示,自2006年開始給予脫北者難民身分起, 迄今只有不到200名朝鮮人進入美國, 但成立教會組織協助脫北者出逃的韓國基督教牧師千基元(Chun Ki-Won)表示, 實際的人數比這個多很多。

A US government report is stating that since help started in 2006 for those who escaped from the North with a refugee status, so far only up to 200 North Koreans have entered the USA.

Chun Ki-won, however, a South Korean Christian minister from the establishment of church organizations assisting defectors from the North, showed that realistic numbers of people are much higher than this.

千基元說:「有數千名朝鮮難民湧入美國。官方數字是200人,但實際數字比較接近2,000人, 他們都是非法移民。政府不知道他們是誰,或他們在哪裡。」

Chun Ki-won said: " There are several thousand North Korean refugees emerging into the USA. The official number is 200, but a realistic number is rather near to 2.000 people. They are all illegal immigrants. The government neither knows who they are nor where they are. "

他還說,在過去18年來,他救了1,100名脫北者,並把他們安置在歐洲、亞洲和美國。 以美國而言,脫北者群居在華盛頓特區、芝加哥、紐約和洛杉磯。

He added that in the past 18 years he helped 1.100 people to escape from the North and to settle in Europe, Asia and America. In the case of America the refugee group from the North is living in Washington DC, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

在2016年投奔韓國的前朝鮮駐英國大使館公使太永浩(Thae Yong Ho)曾警告各國領導人說, 要提防鋌而走險的金正恩發動攻擊。

In 2016, Thae Yong-ho, a former counsellor at the North Korean embassy in Britain, defected to South Korea, [on that occasion] warning national leaders: Beware of a desperate attack launched by Kim Jong-un.

太永浩在2017年接受美國國家廣播公司(NBC)採訪時說, 如果金正恩擁有核武和洲際彈道導彈,他什麼事都做得出來。

In an interview granted to the US national broadcaster NBC in 2017, Thae Yong-ho said: If Kim Jong-un is in the possession of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, [he can do whatever he wants].

他說:「金正恩是個可以做出任何超越正常想像的事的人。 …………

He said: Kim Jong-un is somebody who could do anything beyond the imagination of normal people.

[Epoch Times 大纪元, Chinese anti-communist daily on 2nd March 2018]



On February 23, US president Trump announced the largest list of sanctions in history against North Korea and which included 27 shipping and trading companies, 33 vessels, as well as Taiwan businessman Tsang Yung Yuan. The US submitted that list to the UN Security Council, but met with China successfully blocking the approach.

[Editor's note: This might not be meant as a final rebuke from China but could be interpreted, as well, in a way that China needs more time to investigate in the matter using own intelligence.]

[早报, Singapore, on March 3, 2018]