KINGS OF THE EAST
Chinese president Xi Jinping has ordered his military to be ready to invade Taiwan in 2027, CIA director says
February 3, 2023 — News.com.au reports: “Chinese president Xi Jinping has ordered his military to be ready to invade Taiwan by 2027, according to the CIA.
CIA director William Burns said Beijing still had its eyes set on taking Taiwan, despite watching Russia’s struggle to defeat Ukraine.
China considers Taiwain to be its own territory and does not recognise the government in Taipei.
Burns said the US knew ‘as a matter of intelligence’ that Xi wants his forces to be war-ready by 2027.
‘Now, that does not mean that he’s decided to conduct an invasion in 2027, or any other year, but it’s a reminder of the seriousness of his focus and his ambition,’ he told an event at Georgetown University in Washington…” (China will become a basic partner with Russia for the rapidly approaching battle of Armageddon – Revelation 16:16. Russia will lead invasion number one – Ezekiel 38 & 39. China will lead invasion number two – Revelation 16:12; Revelation 9:14 – 16. Then all nations will come against Jerusalem for the final invasion at which point Jesus will return to stop the bloodshed and set up his eternal kingdom upon earth – [He gathers] all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken… Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south – Zechariah 14:2 – 4. Then Psalm 2:6 occurs as God the Father says: …I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion [Jerusalem]. See the next two reports)
Taiwan ‘to bolster’ military ties with United States
February 21, 2023 — SinoDaily.com reports: “Taiwan will boost military exchanges with the United States to curb ‘authoritarian expansionism’, President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday after meeting with visiting US lawmakers.
The five-day US congressional visit comes after a top US defence official reportedly made a rare stopover to the self-ruled island while Washington-Beijing tensions flared over alleged Chinese spy balloons.
‘Taiwan and the United States continue to bolster military exchanges,’ Tsai said after convening with the US delegation at her office in Taipei.
‘Going forward, Taiwan will cooperate even more actively with the United States and other democratic partners to confront such global challenges as authoritarian expansionism and climate change.’
Tsai did not provide further details on what the future exchanges might entail…”
US says China mulling arming Russia in Ukraine war
February 20, 2023 — SpaceWar.com reports: “The United States on Sunday accused China of considering arming Russia in its war against Ukraine, ratcheting up tensions as the conflict hits its one-year mark this week.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken leveled the allegations as US-Chinese relations have been further tested by Washington’s shooting down this month of what it said was a large Chinese spy balloon.
The European Union also sounded the alarm over munitions in the Ukraine conflict — saying that severe ammunition shortages facing Ukrainian forces had to be overcome within weeks.
Blinken told CBS that China was now ‘considering providing lethal support’ to Moscow ranging ‘from ammunition to the weapons themselves.’
‘We’ve made very clear to them that that would cause a serious problem for us and in our relationship,’ he added…”
Kim Jong Un Hails His Military as ‘Strongest in the World’
February 8, 2023 — Voice of America News reports: “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, his wife and daughter Ju-ae, visited soldiers at their barracks ahead of a quinquennial army anniversary, the nation’s main broadsheet Rodong Sinmun said on Wednesday.
Wednesday is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean People’s Army or the KPA. A large-scale military parade is anticipated, but not yet reported.
In a commemorative banquet on Tuesday, Kim Jong Un praised the state’s military tradition that — despite the odds — persisted through the decades to achieve a ‘great and absolute power,’ in an apparent reference to North Korea’s nuclear weapon capability.
Kim also hailed the Korean People’s Army as the ‘strongest in the world,’ according to Rodong Sinmun, that ‘radiates an extraordinary sense of responsibility and an unbreakable superhuman willpower.’
He lauded the soldiers as the height of the North Korean people’s dignity who defend their bright days ahead, as he called for ‘redoubled efforts’ toward the development of the armed forces and the socialist cause…” (North Korea marches with Russia and China for the war of the latter years and latter days – Ezekiel 38:8, 16. Atomic bombs will produce global incineration – Psalms 97:3; Isaiah 66:15; Joel 2:3, 30; Zephaniah 1:18; Malachi 4:1; Revelation 8:7 and 9:18.)
North Korea threatens U.S. with ‘overwhelming nuclear force’
February 3, 2023 — WND.com reports: “The rogue government of North Korea is threatening ‘overwhelming nuclear force’ as its reaction to war games the United States is conducting with South Korea.
‘The military and political situation in the Korean peninsula and the region has reached an extremely dangerous phase due to the reckless military confrontations and hostile acts of the U.S. and its vassal forces,’ that nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs proclaimed in its statement this week.
‘The U.S. is now working hard to ‘demonize’ the DPRK, spreading again all sorts of rumors. Meanwhile, it, together with its vassal forces, is intensifying the full-scale offensive for putting pressure on the DPRK in all aspects including ‘human rights’, sanctions and military affairs.’
A report at Just the News said the dictatorship was hinting that it might resort to nuclear options if the military exercises continued…” (Kim Jong-un, and now his sister, are following in the footsteps of their father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim il-sung in seeking nuclear weapons. In 1993, President Bill Clinton spoke in South Korea and stated that if North Korea gained and used a nuclear weapon, the U.S. would quickly and overwhelming retaliate, and it would mean the end of their country as they know it. President George W. Bush named North Korea as one of the three-part ‘axis of evil’ along with Iran and Iraq in 2002. In 2014, President Barack Obama warned North Korea that the U.S. would not hesitate to use military might to defend our allies against this ‘pariah state’. And in August 2017, President Donald Trump stated: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” It is believed that North Korea developed nuclear weapons in 2004. See the next report.)
Kim Jong-un’s Sister Tells ‘Idiots’ and ‘Maniacs’ North Korea Will Use Pacific Ocean as ‘Firing Range’
February 22, 2023 — Breitbart.com reports: “North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, published an inflammatory screed on Monday referring to South Korean officials as ‘idiots’ and ‘maniacs’ and warning that Pyongyang is willing to turn the Pacific Ocean into ‘our firing range.’
Kim Yo-jong’s statement, published in North Korean government propaganda outlets, follows multiple missile launches on Saturday and Monday, including the firing this weekend of a Hwasong-15 alleged intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). On Monday, North Korean media protested that South Korean and American forces had staged an exercise directly in response to the ICBM…”
North Korea unveils ‘record’ number of ICBMs at military parade
February 10, 2023 — SpaceWar.com reports: “North Korea’s Kim Jong Un oversaw a major military parade showcasing a record number of nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles, state media reported Thursday, including what analysts said was possibly a new solid-fuelled ICBM.
The parade on Wednesday to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea’s armed forces featured fireworks, military bands and uniformed soldiers marching in unison to spell out ‘2.8’ — the date of the celebration — and ‘75’, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.
Kim attended the parade with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, and daughter Ju Ae, video on state media showed. He wore the black coat and fedora combination favoured by his grandfather, North Korea’s founding leader Kim Il Sung.
Images showed Kim flanked by his top generals in Pyongyang’s central Kim Il Sung Square, saluting as troops and missile units paraded past while patriotic music played.
The weapons on show included at least 10 of the North’s largest Hwasong-17 ICBMs, as well as vehicles apparently designed to carry a solid-fuelled ICBM, Seoul-based specialist site NK News reported.
North Korea has long sought to develop a solid-fuel ICBM because such missiles are easier to store and transport, are more stable and quicker to prepare for launch, and thus harder for the United States to detect and destroy pre-emptively…” (A huge nuclear war is prophesied multiplied times in God’s Word. Revelation 9:14 – 18 depicts Armageddon: Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. And Revelation 16:16 tells of the longest and final battle of the ages. See the next three reports.)
North Korea threatens unprecedented action over allied military drills
February 17, 2023 — Reuters reports: “North Korea threatened on Friday to take ‘unprecedentedly constant, strong responses’ if South Korea and the United States press ahead with planned military drills, accusing the allies of raising tensions in the region.
In a statement carried by state media KCNA, the North’s foreign ministry also said it would consider additional military action if the U.N. Security Council, under the influence of the United States, continues to pressure Pyongyang.
The statement came as South Korea and the United States gear up for annual military exercises as part of efforts to better counter North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats.
The allies will stage tabletop exercises in Washington next week aimed at improving operations of American nuclear assets and hold regular springtime Freedom Shield drills next month in South Korea, Seoul’s defence ministry said on Friday…”
North Korea fires two more missiles into its Pacific ‘firing range’
February 20, 2023 — Reuters reports: “North Korea launched two more ballistic missiles off its east coast on Monday, with the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un saying North Korea’s use of the Pacific as a ‘firing range’ would depend on the behaviour of U.S. forces.
The launches come just two days after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) into the sea off Japan’s west coast, prompting the United States to hold joint air exercises with South Korea and separately with Japan on Sunday.
North Korea’s state media confirmed it fired two projectiles from a multiple rocket launcher, aiming at targets 395 km (245 miles) and 337 km (209 miles) away…
UN Security Council ‘silence’ on North Korea missiles ‘dangerous’, US says
February 21, 2023 — SpaceWar.com reports: “The United States on Monday denounced a ‘dangerous’ lack of action by the UN Security Council on North Korea’s missile launches, accusing — but not naming — China and Russia of having ‘forced’ the body ‘into silence.’
The reclusive North Korean state test-fired dozens of missiles in 2022, setting security postures in East Asia on edge. It fired two ballistic missiles Monday, 48 hours after it test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile.
‘In the face of unprecedented launches last year, two permanent members forced us into silence in spite of countless DPRK (North Korean) violations,’ Washington’s UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, referring to vetoes by China and Russia last May of a resolution that would have imposed new sanctions against Pyongyang.
‘On this vital matter, silence leads to irrelevance,’ she added at an emergency meeting of the Security Council. The 15-member panel’s ‘lack of action is worse than shameful. It is dangerous,’ Thomas-Greenfield warned, saying the ‘repeated failures to respond emboldens the DPRK,’ the official acronym for North Korea, to conduct such destabilizing launches without fear of consequences…”