FROM ‘AN ACT OF WAR’ TO ‘CYBERVANDALISM’: ‘KIM’ NATION PUTS US ‘ON THE JOB’

Now, this is what we call a punch, a solid punch with return in real time, a move that produces result quickly.

If the matter is a hotly debated international issue, involving two countries, who have been historical opponents, a response, that talks of a ‘sort’ of resolution, within 24 hours, should be seen as a quick enough result.

That is exactly the situation of ties between the United States of America and North Korea, the two sworn enemies of decades, in the context of the escalating tension between the two nations, two extremes, with ‘Sony Hack’, the cyber-assault on Sony that forced the company to pull ‘The Interview’, a satirical movie on the third supreme ‘Kim’ of the ‘Kim’ nation, out of the market as the theatre owners chickened out.

See the words and the tone of Barack Obama on December 19: “Imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended. That’s not what America is about. We’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose. It’s not something that I will announce here today at a press conference.”

The North Korean response was swift and framed menacingly.

On December 20, The Independent quoted statement of an official of the North Korean Foreign Ministry that says: “As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident. We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as what the CIA does. The US should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with.”

And see the change after it, within a day, in just 24 hours. Yesterday, Barack Obama had to come out and clarify that ‘Sony Hack’ was not ‘an act of war’ after John McCain, the next chief the Senate Armed Services Committee, declared so.

Yesterday, Barack Obama said it was not an ‘act of war’. He termed it a costly act of ‘cybervandalism’. Clearly, he was trying to play around with words saying he was exploring options to see if North Korea could be put again on the list of nations sponsoring terrorism but such decisions could not be based on ‘just news of the day’. He said in a CNN interview: “We’ve got very clear criteria as to what it means for a state to sponsor terrorism. And we don’t make those judgments just based on the news of the day. We look systematically at what’s been done and based on those facts, we’ll make those determinations in the future.”

From ‘an act of war’ and ‘we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose’ to ‘ we don’t make those judgments just based on the news of the day’ – it seems the wind has swiftly realized its ‘northward’ course.

Now, it may take time for the US to review the ‘list’ for North Korea and even may not happen at all, but, North Korea has effectively put America on the job.

But even this didn’t make the third supreme ‘Kim’ happy as the follow-up developments indicated, vocally.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

SONY HACK: ‘KIM’ NATION’S STERN WARNING TO US, ‘GRAVE CONSEQUENCES’ OFFERED!

In the latest development in the ongoing ‘The Interview Demise’ saga, escalating even more the tension between the United States and North Korea, the elite nation of the elite ‘Rogue League’ of the selected world nations has proposed a joint investigation into the November 24 cyberattack, popularly known as ‘Sony Hack’, a crippling attack on the global electronics giant Sony with major presence in the entertainment industry with ‘Sony Pictures’, that according to the estimates, can cost the company some half a billion US dollars. ‘Sony Hack’ has become a prestige point for the US now.

Seeing the panic in the US, that forced even Barack Obama to intervene and issue statement, as part of the ongoing damage control exercise to look confronting the might of the North Korean cyber-warriors and fans (hackers) of the regime and Kim Jong-un spread across the world and in China, the elitists of the elite rogue nation have offered Uncle Sam a proposition, an offer, a window of opportunity, that the US lawmakers would feel trapped in accepting or rejecting.

A North Korean official yesterday proposed the joint investigation. But it doesn’t mean it was like extending an olive branch. It doesn’t mean the ‘Kim’ nation is adopting, of late, any soft or humanitarian approach towards its detractor of decades.

Disguised brilliantly as ‘an offer to help’, the offer comes with a rider – it is for the US to decide on and accept the offer and carry on the investigation jointly with North Korea – if Uncle Sam has to get results out of the damage control exercise – and that has to be done, the decision, in time – and if the US doesn’t do so, the consequences will be grave.

The Independent yesterday quoted statement of an official of the North Korean Foreign Ministry that says: “As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident. We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as what the CIA does. The US should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with.”

See, it is so direct and serious!

It seems the North Koreans have smelled an opportunity here to launch the next crippling cyberattack on the US on this pretext because they know the world has got the message that it was indeed the North Korean cyber-expertise even if the official line says it was not. After all, deception and lies have been the most important tools of North Korean government under the ‘Kims’.

So, beware the world and the United States! The problem is more serious for the US here, because the North Koreans chose to begin with a US product, The Interview, a movie, caricaturizing the great, limping, oversized Supreme Leader. Now, it was not new for North Korea and Kim Jong-un. It happens with all great people initially. But, it certainly gave the North Koreans an opportunity to test-launch their next ‘rogue’ tool and they cashed it well.

But, for the US, the condition is of being in a state of indecision, deep dilemma, hanging in the zone between Scylla and Charybdis. They cannot accept the offer as the US cannot be seen working jointly with North Korea in this ‘prestige war’ given its geopolitical stakes in the world affairs and its long history with North Korea that is indeed a ‘history of hostilities’. After all, extending a helping hand even to an enemy can only be expected from the greats and the greats-in-making like Kim Jong-un. But rejecting the offer has the rider of ‘grave consequences’ ready.

Sources say the top US leadership is meeting in the White House at the earliest to discuss this latest and ‘dangerous’ twist in the ‘Sony Hack’ saga. But, at the time of writing this, there was no update on the high-level meeting.

While the Kim’s wrath-making machinery is busy curating its next step from the outcomes so far in the ‘Sony Hack’ opportunity.

God save America!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

KIM JONG-UN TELLS THE WORLD HOW EXCLUSIVE HIS INTERVIEW CAN BE: AND HIS MANY ACHIEVEMENTS WITH IT

Kim Jong-un, the young and the oversized, achieves what his father, the perennially ill and the undersized, Kim Jong-il, and the shadowy North Korean Nukes couldn’t – taming Uncle Sam – dragging ‘The Interview’, the 2014 release and ‘Team America: World Police’, the 2014 re-release of the 2004 movie, in suspended animation for now – forcing even Barack Obama to speak on the issue- after all, there are hackers who love the Supreme Leader and can die for the new ball of the North Korean fat in the perennially famished nation..

Here is the list of his achievements after this biggest scoop in the very small career he has had so far, after taking over the responsibility of the North Korea’s glorified tradition of being the frontline nation of the Rogue League of the world in December 2011 at the tender age of 28 after demise of his father.

He is manly in his own ways – limping, oversized – with self-styled hair and a broad trademark smile..

Here it goes..(please don’t read the numbers as ranks, that would be akin to belittling the efforts of the young honcho)..

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 1: successfully frightens Uncle Sam, Sony, Paramount Pictures and theatre-owners to pull ‘The Interview’ and ‘Team America’, two movies with plots caricaturing and caricaturing assassination of Kim Jong-un

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 2: tells the world in certain terms about North Korea’s cyber expertise and technological advancements in Information-Technology

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 3: forces the world to think his whims can go beyond North Korea in producing ripple effects

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 4: forces Barack Obama to take note, Obama-speak is in, criticizing Sony for pulling The Interview, and thus recognizing Kim’s growing stature – though Obama said the US will not bow down, he could not convince the Sony folks

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 5: forces John McCain, next Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to declare Sony Hack an act of war – according to a CNN report, McCain is to hold a hearing into the Sony Hack episode

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 6: forces the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to go in hot pursuit of Sony Hack keyboard fingers

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 7: with Sony Hack, achieves what his perennially ill and undersized father Kim Jong-il and his grandfather Kim Il-Sung couldn’t – forcing the top leadership of the US administration in serious thinking mode on an issue with a North Korean origin that is directly affecting America

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 8: after Nukes, tastes another blackmailing tool, and will certainly be emboldened with the outcome

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 9: invents another way of illicit money flow inward, into the coffers of the elite nation of the Rogue League, in the glorious tradition of opium cultivation, drug-trafficking, printing and circulating counterfeit currency and many more

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 10: tells the world that his fetishes go beyond Nike sneakers

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 11: tells the world he can do much more than cutting and styling his own hair

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 12: tells the world he can do much more than killing his own people for the prosperity of North Korea and for maintaining the elite culture of its classes and masses

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 13: tells the world how exclusive his interview is – it takes millions of US$ in investments and significant time, and even after that, Mr. Kim can pull it all down in one go

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 14: enriches the legacy f Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-il, goes the extra mile for it

Limping, oversized Kim Jong-un’s achievement Number 15: with the Sony Hack, now don’t ever say North Korea is a poor and technologically backward country – under the efficient leadership of Dennis Rodman loving Kim Jong-un, North Korea has moved on from the ‘tradition’ of ‘gifting’ DVD players and dry-fruit packets in bribes to top political, military and diplomatic personnel

Heil Kim Jong-un..

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(Image: ‘The Interview’ poster sourced from the Internet..)

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/