North Korea’s million-man army is dialing down its infamous military exercises and parades in 2018; scaling back on the iconic drills as fuel sources and supplies run-dry under crippling UN sanctions and US pressure.
According to a bombshell report in the Wall Street Journal, Kim Jong Un’s brutal regime is canceling planned exercises and maneuvers throughout the Hermit Kingdom as an energy embargo by Russian and China continues to take its toll on the communist nation.
It’s commonplace for North Korea to stage massive winter war games from November through February; highlighting Kim’s artillery, special forces units, surface-to-air capabilities, and even his expanding nuclear and missile programs.
This season, the North Korean despot instructed his commanders and military leaders to focus on “mass-producing” nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
“Where this will have an effect is on ground-force readiness. Military units have to train to maintain their proficiency,” one senior military analyst told the Wall Street Journal.
Kim’s military draw-down comes just days before thousands of international visitors descend on the region as South Korea hosts the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
BEIJING BETRAYAL: China CAUGHT SNEAKING Oil Supplies to North Korea
South Korean authorities announced Friday it had detained a Chinese-based ship and its staff over reports the tanker was sneaking oil supplies to Kim’s regime; a violation of recent UN sanctions that barred such shipments to the communist nation.
According to UPI, officials in Seoul confirmed they had seized the Lighthouse Winmore, a ship registered in Hong Kong that allegedly smuggled over 600 tons of refined oil into North Korea last November; well after the United Nations adopted Resolution 2375 which banned the hermit kingdom from importing fuel.
President Trump weighed-in on the revelation on social media, saying he was “very disappointed” that Beijing refused to comply with the UN mandate, adding that no “friendly solution” to the North Korean crisis would be possible “if this continues.”
“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” Trump tweeted.
Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
South Korea’s seizure of a Chinese ship escalates already heightened tensions in the region; with dictator Kim Jong Un vowing to continue to test his rapidly expanding nuclear and missile programs.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The Moment North Korean Defector DASHES Across DMZ
It’s not uncommon for North Korean defectors to find their way into South Korea, but nearly all cases involve routing through China before heading towards the staunch US ally.
Current estimates say only four people have successfully crossed the DMZ in several years.