North Korea seems to be stepping up preparations for a military provocation even as ongoing high-level talks seek to avert the worst.
More than 50 North Korean submarines have apparently been sent out on mystery missions, and artillery strength and warfare-readiness along the frontline have been raised to the max, a military source said Sunday.
“The current sortie rate of North Korean submarines is as high as 10 times the rate in ordinary times,” a military official said. “Scores of subs that have left their bases on the eastern and western coasts are off our radar, which is an unprecedentedly serious situation.” Continue reading
Iran continues to show that there is no bottom for third world economies.
Iran is trying to counter Western sanctions on its oil industry that aim to cripple Iran’s economy and convince it to acquiesce to Western demands regarding its nuclear program.
Reuters cites sources in the oil industry, trading and shipping who say the National Iranian Tanker Company has ordered all its captains to “switch off the black box transponders that are used in the shipping industry to monitor vessel movements.”
Full article: Iran Oil Exports Continue Off Radar (Eurasia Review)