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Last week was a significant (and worrying) one for those who watch U.S./Western interactions with #China and the #UnitedNations, for three reasons.

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First, and most widely discussed, the High Commissioner for Human Rights's visit to #China turned into a (100% predictable) public relations mess. [2/5] ft.com/content/6ca09f…
Second, #China joined #Russia in vetoing a U.S. sanctions resolution on #DPRK, signalling a break with previous (uneasy) accommodations among the P5 on North Korean issues. [3/5] dw.com/en/china-russi…
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#DPRK missile fired early Wednesday, according to #ROK JCS.
Initial indications are that a ballistic missile was fired by the #DPRK toward its east coast. The apparent test launch comes hours after @POTUS left #Japan where he met with #Quad leaders.
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#DPRK state media report Kim Jong Un has held a politburo meeting (with apparently no one wearing masks) to discuss quarantine and lockdown efforts as more North Korean fall ill to a highly infectious "fever" (#COVID19). rodong.rep.kp/ko/index.php?s…
Presiding over the politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party, Kim Jong Un is quoted saying the "immaturity in the state capacity for coping with the crisis" increased the "complexity and hardships" in fighting the pandemic when "time is the life."
The #DPRK reports 232,880 more "fever" cases and six additional deaths after acknowledging last week the first outbreak in the country of #COVID19. kcna.kp/kp/article/q/8…
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#ICYMI, here's a #threatintel related🧵👇 by me on @USTreasury advisory on DPRK IT workers' attempts to obtain employment while posing as non-North Korean nationals: home.treasury.gov/system/files/1… (1/?)
DPRK IT workers "engage in a wide range of IT dev work, such as: mobile & web-based apps, virtual currency exchange platforms & digital coins. Some
designed virtual currency exchanges or created analytic tools/apps for virtual currency traders & marketed their products." (2/?)
This reminds me, for example, of Marine Chain Token: (justice.gov/opa/pr/three-n…; justice.gov/opa/press-rele…), #AppleJeus (cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/al…) and, more recently, #TraderTraitor (cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/al…). #HIDDENCOBRA/#APT38 loves loves loves their crypto (3/?)
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NEW: Day 30 of #Russia' invasion of #Ukraine - "We've more than 1,250 missile launches since the start" per a senior US defense official

Russian forces "no closer than they were " to #Kyiv, per the officials "They are in defensive positions..."
#Makariv - "at the very least contested & may now be in #Ukrainian control" per a senior US defense official
#Chernihiv - "No real progress there" by #Russia|n forces, per a senior US defense official

#Ukraine forces - "some indications they are pushing the #Russians back"
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1. On 24 Mar 2022, the #DPRK conducted an apparently successful test of an international ballistic missile (#ICBM). This was the first such test since Nov 2017 and marked the official end to the DPRK ICBM and nuclear test moratorium.
2. According to 🇺🇸JCS and 🇯🇵MoD, the ICBM was launched at ~2:33 pm local time. It followed a highly lofted trajectory, with an apogee of >6200 km before splashing down ~150 km west of 🇯🇵Toshima Peninsula, 1080 km from its launch site at 🇰🇵Sunan airfield. The flight took ~71 min.
3. Considering that the apogee is significantly higher than previous tests, the 24 Mar test probably involves the new ICBM that made its debut during a military parade on 10 Oct 2020. The name of this new system is possibly Hwasong-17.
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The next #NorthKorean #comicbook translation project will be volume 2 of the series “The End of Operation AT” [《A.T작전》의 종말]

It's a prosecutorial procedural drama about some missing #DPRK citizens, with many flashbacks and even more characters. Image
《A.T작전》의 종말 The End of Operation A.T
145x205mm
Vol. 2 of 4
Publ 문학예술출판사
Printer 평양종합인쇄공장
Printed 2007.7.20
Released 2007.7.25
Pages 99
Product code ㄱ-960170
Text 황명관 & 리재환
Illustrator 최영석
Editor 류인호
Cover 최영석
Proofreader 정경진
Layout 강은정 Image
This book offers some insights into North Korean civic life, the duty of each DPRK citizen to keep an eye on each other, and how state institutions and state owned enterprises work. Image
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ICYMI: Pentagon says #NorthKorea ballistic missile tests on Feb 26 & March 4 " involved a new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system that the #DPRK is developing, which was originally unveiled...October 10, 2020" per @PentagonPresSec
MORE: "The purpose of these [#DPRK] tests, which did not demonstrate ICBM range, was likely to evaluate this new system before conducting a test at full range in the future, potentially disguised as a space launch" per @PentagonPresSec
MORE: US revealing info on #NorthKorea|n #ICBM tests "because we believe that the international community must speak in a united voice to oppose the further development and proliferation of such weapons by the #DPRK" per @PentagonPresSec
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NEW: "With the PRC [#China] as the department's pacing challenge, #Taiwan is the department's pacing scenario" @DeptofDefense Asst Sec for #IndoPacific Affairs @elyratner tells HASC
"We aim to deter & deny PRC aggression thru a combination of Taiwan's own defenses, its partnership w/the #UnitedStates & growing support from like-minded democracies" per @DeptofDefense's @elyratner
#NorthKorea's Kim Jung Un-"I think he is focused solely internally, on protecting his regime & that what this nuclear testing, the rockets are really about" @USForcesKorea Cmdr Gen Paul LaCamera tells HASC Image
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HAPPENING NOW: House Intelligence Committee holds open hearing on Worldwide Threats

Testimony coming from:

@ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines

@CIA Dir Bill Burns

@FBI Dir Christopher Wray

@NSAGov Dir Gen Paul Nakasone

@DefenseIntel Dir LtGen Scott Berrier
NEW: "One of the key challenges of this era is assessing how many of the various threats & trends are likely to intersect" per @ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines
NEW: "#China remains an unparalleled priority for the intelligence community" per @ODNIgov's Haines

Next comes #Russia #Iran & #DPRK

"All 4 gvts have demonstrated the capability & intent to promote their interest in the ways that cut against US interests"
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Breaking: House Intel Committee posts @ODNIgov's 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, aka the Worldwide Threat Assessment

"#Beijing, #Moscow, #Tehran, & #Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability & intent to advance their interests at the expense of the #UnitedStates & its allies"
"#China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the #UnitedStates in multiple arenas—especially economically, militarily & technologically—& is pushing to change global norms & potentially threatening its neighbors" per @ODNIgov report
"#Russia is pushing back against #Washington where it can—locally & globally—employing techniques up to & including the use of force" per @ODNIgov report, compiled w/info available up to January
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NEW: @TheJusticeDept launching new Strategy for Countering Nation-State Threats, Asst AG Matthew Olsen tells audience at @MasonNatSec

"We see nations such as #China, #Russia, #Iran & #NorthKorea becoming more aggressive & more capable...than ever before"
Foreign Malign Influence - "In recent years DOJ has exposed & prosecuted covert influence efforts undertaken on behalf of the governments of #Russia, #China, #Malaysia & #Pakistan, to name just a few" per @TheJusticeDept Asst AG Olsen
#Cyber-"We continue to see costly interference with critical infrastructure and public service systems, supply chains & private businesses" per @TheJusticeDept Asst AG Olsen citing example w/#China #Russia #Iran #NorthKorea
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ICYMI: @INDOPACOM on latest #DPRK missile launch:

"We are aware of the ballistic missile launch & are consulting closely with our allies & partners" per statement "We have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to US personnel or territory, or to our allies"
More: "The missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the #DPRK’s illicit weapons program" per @INDOPACOM "The US commitment to the defense of the Republic of #Korea & #Japan remains ironclad"
US @StateDept on #NorthKorea missile launch

"The United States condemns the #DPRK’s ballistic missile launch. This launch is in violation of multiple @UN Security Council Resolutions & poses a threat to the DPRK’s neighbors and the international community"
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Details on the latest apparent #DPRK ballistic missile launch: en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN202201…
US condemns the latest #DPRK ballistic missile launch.
“This launch is in violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions and poses a threat to the DPRK’s neighbors and the international community,” — @StateDept
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#Japan Coast Guard reports firing of a missile from the #DPRK into the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
#Japan government establishes emergency team from relevant ministries and agencies in the crisis management center of the prime minister's office to collect information about the apparent #DPRK ballistic missile launch, reports @nhk_news. www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2022…
#ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff confirms the first launch of a projectile by the #DPRK since it fired a new SLBM in October last year.
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Kim Jong Un’s authority comes from grandpa Kim Il Sung, whose supposed military exploits vs Japan & US form the very foundation & legitimacy of the Kim dynasty. But Il Sung did not liberate Korea or defeat the US, despite what the #DPRK says. State lies undergird the dynasty. 1/
Kim Il Sung's official Eng biographer, Baik Bong: "On Aug 8, 1945, [USSR] finally declared war on Japan. Kim Il Sung, who had already completed his operation plan for the final decisive offensives against Japanese imperialism, immediately ordered the mobilization of all units" 2/
"...under the Korean Revolutionary Army. Under the order of the General, the units began conducting courageous military operations in many areas in North, East and South Manchuria and the homeland, together with the Soviet Army." (p. 529) 3/
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The problem is not that #Putin directs #Lukashenka's actions - he does not. The problem is that #Belarus for #Russia is transforming into what #DPRK is for #China. But this is Russia's problem, not #EU's.
The problem for #EU is it has long outsourced decision-making on key issues in regions of strategic importance for Europe to #US (which,in turn,falls prey to US domestic politics).
EU won't recognise it. Instead,it keeps looking for "#Putin factor" in every new challenge it faces
The lesson for others to learn is that turning states into failed entities has long term consequences. Lukashenka weaponizing migrants-wrong.
Europeans refusing to face consequences of their own policies (Libya, Afghanistan, Syria) - the migrants ARE exactly that - irresponsible.
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Vann Van Diepen: #NorthKorea reported that it test-fired a “hypersonic missile” on Sept 28, releasing a photo of what appeared to be a liquid-propellant booster akin to the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) with a winged payload on top. 1/5
At the Eighth Party Congress in Jan 2021, Kim Jong Un reported the #DPRK “finished research into developing… hypersonic gliding flight warheads for new-type ballistic rockets...” 2/5
Assuming the photographed system was launched, the #DPRK conducted its first flight test of a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), intended to re-enter the atmosphere earlier than a typical BM warhead and fly above Mach 5 at lower altitude and w/ much greater maneuverability. 3/5
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.@rafaelmgrossi "Since my report was released, we have seen that the DPRK appears to have removed the cooling units from the Yongbyon centrifuge enrichment facility. There were indications of ongoing activities at the Kangson complex. There were also indications..." -1-
@rafaelmgrossi ...that the #DPRK has continued internal construction activities at the Light Water Reactor under construction. The DPRK’s nuclear activities continue to be a cause for serious concern." -2-
@rafaelmgrossi " Furthermore, the new indications of the operation of the 5MW(e) reactor and the Radiochemical Laboratory are deeply troubling." #DPRK @rafaelmgrossi For context: wsj.com/articles/north… -3-
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I am Jin Hui | Jin Hui Vlog #dprk, #northkorea (visual & audio enhancement)

On Oct 10, 2020 everyone was celebrating and enjoying the holiday of the 75th founding anniversary of the Workers Party of Korea in North Korea. Jin Hui speaks in fluent Russian in
2/ this Vlog to a Russian & international audience, w/ English & Korean subtitles. ImageImageImageImage
3/In this Vlog Jin Hui speaks flawless Russian in accord w/ DPRK's policy of building friendship w/ other countries. North Korea and Russia share kindred socialist ideologies & pride themselves on high culture. Un A I believe played the same role Jin Hui is playing in being the ImageImageImageImage
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Motorcade of @POTUS on the move to the summit with Putin in Geneva. Image
Arrival at venue. Image
Posing for the cameras prior to their meeting. Image
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1. On General Charles Flynn regarding whom there were reports he may have had a role in not deploying the armed forces to engage US citizens at the Capitol. Who thinks that would have been a good idea? The Army does not do crowd control. They kill an opposing force. Where would
2. we be today if that had been what was happening at 9:00 pm on Jan 6 rather than completing the Electoral College count? The failure to prepare and put adequate National Guard forces in place is what allowed the attack to reach the floor of the House and Senate.
3. After General Mille had been used as stage prop by Bill Barr and TFG, the Joint Chiefs announced the military would have no role in future political activities. We survived this attempted coup because the military stayed out of it. We now want Flynn's brother to pay
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"It's been a real joy" to spend time today with #ROK President @moonriver365, says @POTUS. Image
"Today we made important progress on a range of issues," including the #DPRK nuclear missile program, says @POTUS. Image
Career diplomat Sung Kim will serve as a special envoy for #DPRK matters, announces @POTUS. state.gov/biographies/su…
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