Saturday, June 15, 2013

Radioactive: War in Korea (October 17, 2017 - January 28, 2018)



An American videographer that was a part of the Mission for Korea group captured footage of starving people in North Korea packed together in diseased condition, showing that the famine was much worse than previously thought. He was able to get the video uploaded YouTube and emailed to government agencies. As of today, the video has just over 10 million views on YouTube, and the American government has responded that this is a terrible violation of human rights and dignity. President Park Geun-hye of South Korea has called this an atrocity of the North Korean government. However, just hours after the release of this video, The North Korean government caught wind of it and apprehended the 12 American citizens and declared all of them guilty of a number of crimes.

Secreatry of State Jon Huntsman is currently on his way to South Korea to meet with their government and arrange for the release of the imprisoned American citizens. He even plans to meet in North Korea in the next few days if the situations deems it necessary for him to do so to secure the release of the prisoners. President Biden stated that he felt the situation played out in a way he felt could happen, but he did not wish it to be so. He also stated Kim Jong Un is doing a better job of stirring up conflict than taking care of his people. The President will make an official nationally televised speech after Huntsman's negotiations have concluded.
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We have some breaking news to bring to you right now. Secretary of State Huntsman has been reported missing as negotiations have just finished. The negotiatons took place between US diplomats and North Korean officials on the DMZ. We are being told that once US troops entered the room after the supposed meeting time ended, there was nobody in the room. There is reportedly no evidence of gunshots or any other type of weapons. Search crews are attempting to patrol as much area as they can in an attempt to find the six Americans who have gone missing, two of which were members of the Marine Corps. This makes the total number of Americans stranded in North Korea 18.

President Biden is going to hold his speech shortly, but he has just now stated that if North Korea has harmed the American citizens in any way, there will be consequences. American and South Korean forces have both mobilized and are at the ready as a response to North Korean mobilization. Stay tuned to ANN, and we will keep a close eye on the situation in Korea and the president's imminent response.
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In his nationally televised address, President Biden has announced that the North Korean government has 24 hours after his speech to release the prisoners, or else the "rouge state" will face consequences. Additionally, he has stated that the North Korean government is more of an impediment to its people's success than the West will ever be if it is going to imprison the people which provide it with help. Military readiness around the DMZ is already past the highest point it was during the period of ramped up rhetoric early in 2013. The "consequence" for the North Korean government has not yet been released to the general public if they do not meet this 24 hour time frame. However, most analysts agree that there will be a blockade, which seems like a very inhumane option considering recent events, or a full out invasion, which would likely get prisoners killed along with a number of soldiers.

Thus far, China has stayed quiet on the whole situation. Japan will not be providing any assistance, but it has stated that North Korea's human rights violations are unacceptable. North Korea has not provided any response to Biden's proposal yet, but there is still 23 that remains for them to do so. There is very high concern among many people in the South Korean and American governments that North Korea will be using nuclear weapons if it feels unduly threatened. We will continue to keep a close eye on the developing situation in Korea and report any breaking news.
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It has been a full 24 hours since Biden has put an ultimatum towards the North Korean government. This proposition has recieved absolutely no response. Thus, President Biden will put his punishment into place with the approval of Congress: invasion. A joint South Korean and American force has just taken down the defenses on the DMZ and crossed the border into North Korea. The nations navies are also poised to bombard the coastline and attack whatever naval forces North Korea has. So far, North Korea has mostly been taken by surprise by the attacks, and have not been notified of any casualties if there have been any.

President Biden has stated that he was sick and tired of North Korea propagating fear, and that somebody needed to stop it sooner or later. He stated that he felt there was no better time to accomplish that goal than now. Congress has largely supported his decision to invade, given the fact Biden followed the War Powers Act and asking congress to declare war on North Korea. The proposition has received largely bipartisan support with passing the Senate at a 76-24 vote. There has also been a large concern about the lack of response of the North Korean government. They might be unpredictable, but the country rarely misses a chance to display an overt sense of nationalism. We will continue to update you in the situation as the Korean War armistice, signed July 27, 1913, has been broken October 17, 2017.
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Although the decision of Congress and the President has received fairly broad support, there is still a significant portion of the American populace that opposes the war. Anti-war protesters came out in huge waves today, hitting most major cities across the nation. Demonstrators had signs with sayings such as “Diplomacy, not War” and “Do it Huntsman’s Way”, referencing the Secretary of State’s personal tendency to favor negotiation and diplomacy. The protests were generally peaceful, but policemen were still called en masse. The only two cities where we can confirm arrests were made are San Francisco and New York City, where protesters had instances of attempting to storm government buildings or blocking traffic by clustering in intersections.

A few voices in government are vouching with the protesters. Senator Elizabeth Warren has stated that she is unhappy with President Biden’s decision and thinks that all avenues of diplomacy were not attempted before war was started. There is also some dissent purely due to the fact that North Korea might be tempted to use nuclear weapons or the fact that they might go missing in the fighting. Top military officials have assured that their second priority is the confiscating of any nuclear weapons in the country.
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As of around 10 minutes ago, it has been confirmed that the joint US / South Korean force has descended upon the outskirts of the city of Pyongyang. Troops have faced relatively little fighting up to this point, but they are beginning to experience more and more opposition from the North Korean. The country’s limited naval forces have been entirely decimated by US and South Korea over the past two days. One thing that the military has faced is much civil unrest in the city. There are numerous fires scattered throughout the city at any given time and there have been sightings of North Koreans burning flags and attempting to attack the military. Some members of the military have even been rumored to defect and fight against the government, which would be quite the turn of events.

President Biden has stated that US and Korean generals have told him that the fabric of North Korean society was slowly unraveling, and that a victory was inevitable within months. They also have predicted a breakthrough into the center of Pyongyang and overthrow of the Juche regime within two to three days. we will continue to cover the fighting in Pyongyang and update you on any breakthroughs.
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In yet another surprising turn of events, the chairman of the top military body in North Korea, Choe Ryong-Hae, has lead a portion of the North Korean military in performing a coup. This coup occurred just as American and South Korean forces began to push into the center of the city. US officials report that they stopped moving inward once they heard heavy fighting in the inner city and were heartily confused as to who was causing it or why it had happened. “President” Ryong-Hae, as he has labeled himself, has contacted the US and South Korean forces about negotiations. He has given multiple pieces of information to the forces. To start he stated that Kim Jong-un was attempting to keep the country in the dark to prevent an uprising, which caused him to miss the message by President Biden. About the coup, he stated that the remainder of the military that is loyal to the Juche regime has fled, along with Kim Jong-un and close family members, to the north of the country, and that he wants us to help him defeat them to prevent a full blown civil war. He also has stated that all 16 Americans, including Secretary Huntsman, are alive in a top security prison, and that he is willing to negotiate terms to their release.

President Biden has stated that he is shocked, but pleased by the recent turn of events in Korea. He has told military forces to cease all fighting in central Pyongyang and to only fire on forces loyal to Kim, currently fighting with coup supporters on the north side of the city, for the moment. He has also stated that he is very shocked they would perform a coup in the middle of a battle with foreign powers. More diplomats are currently traveling to North Korea to meet with Ryong-Hae, and they hope to secure the release of the prisoners along with looking futher in the future and negotiating a date to set elections at. This might be a lot to take in folks, but war is complicated and there are still a lot of holes that need to be filled. Please stay tuned as the situation in Korea becomes more and more complex.
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Minutes ago, negotiations between North Korea’s President Ryong-Hae and American and South Korean diplomats have resulted in the release of the 16 American citizens, including Secretary of State Jon Huntsman. All of the US diplomats are in excellent condition, albeit some minor cuts and bruising. 7 of the 12 Mission for Korea members are in severe to critical condition due to dehydration or disease. They are being airlifted out of North Korea to a hospital in Seoul. So far, only a few people have had the chance to speak with Huntsman about what happened. He said that North Korean troops apprehended him and his team and brought them to this Pyongyang prison. He said that Kim Jong-un met them in prison and he attempted to scare them with speeches about North Korea's "superior military capabilities" and his grand scheme to "reunify the Koreas and make a world power out of the greater Korea." Huntsman added an addendum to his statement, saying that "they could be reunified, but not in the way he wanted." Huntsman only has a few cuts and bruises and he will likely be in with negotiaton teams in days.

Other important goals were accomplished in negotiation with the Choe Ryong-Hae negotiations. The US and South Korean governments agreed to cease fighting with the Ryong-Hae North Korean government, which is becoming much more widely recognized as legitimate by most world governments. Now, the fighting will be focused in the Kim held north half of the country. In exchange for the US and South Korea's help in fighting, he has agreed to an historic event: elections. North Korea will create a constitution and some form of government. There will be elections held 6 months after the end of the war in Korea. Park Geun-Hye has praised the new leaders decision, calling it the end of North/South hostilities.
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Allied forces, now including the portion of the North Korean military under Ryong-Hae, have undergone their first major incursion into Kim Loyalist territory. The battle was located in Wosan, which is on Korea's east coast. Fighting occured for around two hours in the city, but a popular uprising eventually helped to push the front to around 20 miles north of Wosan. The Loyalists were fighting guerrilla style most of the time, which made it challenging for the Allied forces who were fighting in a more traditional style. President Ryong-Hae has proclaimed that North Korea will be taken back by the new year. The providences of Pyongan-Bukto, Chagang-Do, Yanggan-Do, Hamgyong-Bukto, and Hamgyong-Do are under control of the Loyalists as of the conclusion of the battle.
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Recent polling has shown that President Biden's overall handling of his job, specifically his handling of the crisis in Korea, is widely approved of by the American public. 64% approve overall, which is up to an all time high from its all time low in May. An even higher number of 81% approve of how he has handled the Korean crisis. When asked about this, President Biden stated that he thanks the citizens of America for their undivided support in the time of crisis, and that he hopes he can continue to deal with the war as best as possible. This is also one of the few actions in a very long time that has received such bipartisan support. Many political analysts are already thinking of 2020, and saying that there is little chance of a GOP candidate taking the White House against Biden.
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We can confirm that after the recent battle on the major city of Kanggye, Allied forces have taken the entirety of the Chagang-Do providence, a major blow to Kim Loyalists. The loyalists were taking up a full blown guerrilla war against the Allies, attempting to outsmart them. However, the superior force of the Allies has ensured the slow, but steady demise of Loyalist holdings. At this stage in the war, many resources are being diverted to rebuilding Pyongyang and other cities that were devastated by fighting and/or civil unrest. Ryong-Hae is still confident that they will be victorious by the New Year, but some American generals are predicting that fighting will last until January or February.

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