North Korea is sitting on $6 trillion in mineral resources

It has long been regarded as a poor country.

But as it turns out North Korea is a lot richer than we thought, or at the very least has the potential to be.

North Korea has mineral resources estimated to be worth at least $6 trillion, according to Quartz, and the secretive state is sitting on a vast array of mineral resources which remains largely untapped including iron, gold, magnesite, zinc, copper, limestone, molybdenum and graphite.

It’s bedrock also holds a lot of metals needed to make smartphones and other technological products.

But while the isolated nation might be rich in underground resources, taking advantage of the buried treasure this remains another issue.

Exact estimates of North Korea’s potential wealth are difficult to obtain.

But a 2012 estimate by a South Korean research institute valued its mineral wealth as high as $10 trillion, The Economist reported.

North Korea expert Leonid Petrov said estimates of $6 trillion were not unheard of or unrealistic but admitted an exact figure was hard to verify.

Petrov, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific, told that North Korea has large stockpiles of natural resources.

He said Pyongyang has exported minerals to allies such as China and Russia for decades but international sanctions had curtailed its export abilities in recent times.

He also said a lack of suitable mining equipment and potential buyers for rarer minerals made it more difficult for North Korea to sell what it did manage to extract from the ground.

Petrov said China was also keen to maintain trade with North Korea and was particularly keen on maintaining a monopoly in certain areas.

“China is interested in keeping North Korea as a closed market for precious metals,” Petrov said.

“North Korea is very rich in natural resources and while they have some technology, it doesn’t have strong foreign investment and investment capital.”

Petrov said tough international sanctions also meant dealing with North Korea on a financial level remained extremely difficult. He said trading using gold or suitcases of money was also highly unappealing for foreign investors.

The mining sector remains crucial for North Korea’s economy and many experts believe this is how it manages to support its military spending.

Private mining remains illegal in North Korea and around 14 percent of its economy is made up of mining underground resources, Quartz reported.

China handles around 90 percent of North Korea’s external trade.

Its banks and companies are also said to provide Pyongyang access to the US-dominated international financial system.

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North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency released this image showing the launch of four ballistic missiles in March 2017.Getty Images

North Korea has come under global condemnation over its nuclear weapons testing and its defiance to advance its program.

Pyongyang has test-fired 12 missiles in nine launches so far this year, compared to 10 missile launches over the same period in 2016.

In March, the UN unanimously passed a resolution expanding the sanctions imposed on the country in a bid to halt the program.

In response, China banned imports of gold from North Korea as well as exports to the country of jet fuel and other oil products used to make rocket fuel, Reuters reported.

A series of UN trade sanctions have blocked the entry of technology into North Korea for building ballistic missiles since 2006. A UN ban also prohibits sales of weapons and fuel for missiles.

Just this week, Donald Trump urged all nations to join the US in imposing sanctions to starve North Korea of resources for its nuclear and missile programs.

He demanded North Korea “choose a better path and do it quickly, and a different future for its long- suffering people.”

A United Nations report earlier this year revealed Pyongyang has managed to get around current sanctions by using foreign entities to disguise where some of its goods were coming from.

It has also managed to export some banned minerals while having access to international banking.


Royal Announcement: William & Kate Will Officially Be King and Queen

August 10, 2017
Take a look at your newest soon-to-be King and Queen of England! Today, Queen Elizabeth...
Take a look at your newest soon-to-be King and Queen of England! Today, Queen Elizabeth…

Take a look at your newest soon-to-be King and Queen of England! Today, Queen Elizabeth officially announcedthat she will be passing down her crown to her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton. This, of course, means that the Queen has skipped over her own son, Prince Charles, in the British monarchy’s line of succession. Bummer.

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While the drama surrounding the royal family has taken most of the attention away from their policies and image of regal stature, the Queen believes implementing a younger generation than her son is vital for the House of Windsor to thrive in the future.

“Her Majesty realized that William and Kate are the future,” said a palace insider. “She has spent 65 years making sure that the House of Windsor survives, and she sees William and Kate as having the energy and star quality to do the job in a modern world. Queen Elizabeth will always do what is best for the long-term health of the monarchy.”

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Her Majesty has also said that she truly does not believe the monarchy has the “respect and power it once had.” The source continued, “In her eyes, William and Kate are the two people who can turn that around.”

So how does the King-to-be and forever-Prince feel about the decision? Unfortunately, the decision has caused a rift between William and his father Charles. According to the same insider, their relationship has been strained, but they will get used to it eventually. Just like classic Brits, they’ll push their feelings as deep down as possible!

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And, of course, what does this mean for the world’s most popular couple and their young family? Since Prince George and Princess Charlotte are only 4 and 2 years old, respectively, Kate is mostly concerned about her role as a mother. “She’s desperate to remain a hands-on mom and worries about being in the spotlight more,” says the palace insider.

So while the rest of the world is excited for the change and step forward, it’s important to remember that they are, in fact, still trying to be a normal family.



Christmas Evans

Brief Biography

To place Christmas Evans among the biographies of such noted Baptists as John Bunyan and Isaac Backus may seem strange. Known as the “one eyed Bunyan of Wales”, Evans remains an unusual and yet very useful servant in God’s army. Christmas was born at Llandysul, Wales on the day from which his name is taken, to Samuel and Johanna Evans in 1766. His long life would carry him until 1838 and leave a legacy of great Baptist leadership in his homeland of Wales. Early in Evans life, his father died leaving his mother nearly destitute. In desperation, Johanna Evans sent her nine-year-old Christmas to live with her brother and work on his farm. Unfortunately, Evan’s uncle was a drunkard and a cruel man. Due to the circumstances of his life, Christmas found himself illiterate and irreligious at the age of eighteen. Finally, sick of his condition, Evans headed to the town of Llwynrhydewain to get away from his abusive uncle and the life which held him in its snare.
In God’s sovereignty, a revival was waiting on Evans when he arrived at his new home town. It was there that he was converted and came to know the living and risen Lord. Late in his life, Christmas wrote of this time: “The fear of dying in an ungodly state especially affected me … and this apprehension clung to me till I was induced to rest upon Christ … this concern was the dawn of the day of grace in my spirit.” Almost immediately, Christmas knew that he had to separate himself from his lost and wicked companions. Not long after his conversion, he was attacked by six of his former rogue friends. They beat him unmercifully and blinded him in one eye with a stick. It was because of this cruel attack that Evans would be called later in life, “the one-eyed preacher of Wales.” Christmas Evans could say along with the Apostle Paul, “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Soon after his conversion, Evans felt the call to preach. His low upbringing and lack of education were a loss for the established church and a gain for Baptists. Because he lacked credentials, Evans could only preach in cottage meetings and it was there that he came into contact with Baptist Christians. Because of these Calvinistic Baptists, the “one-eyed preacher” began to study God’s Word deeply for Himself. At the age of twenty, Christmas was baptized as a believer. He wrote: “Having read the New Testament through, I found not a single verse in favour of paedobaptism (infant baptism) … These Scriptures spoke to my conscience, and convinced me of the necessity of personal obedience to the baptism which Christ had ordained.” After his baptism, Evan’s preaching changed. Everyone noticed the power with which he spoke. As he preached, the people who listened were moved to repentance and true revival.
Reading his sermons definitely reminds one of the styles of John Bunyan. There is deep Biblical truth accompanied by powerfully moving allegory. Perhaps, only in Wales could such a man have risen for that land is known for its fervent emotion. Christmas attributed much of his preaching style to a Calvinistic Methodist preacher by the name of Robert Roberts. Outside of church polity, Welsh Baptist and Calvinistic Methodist held much in common. Two names from the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist church should ring a bell, George Whitefield and Martin Lloyd-Jones. Christmas said of Robert Roberts: “I went one Sunday to hear him. He was one of the most insignificant looking persons I ever saw – a little-hunchbacked man; but he neither thought nor said anything like other people; there was something wonderful and uncommon about him.” Like most Welshmen, Evans believed in a fervent religion of the heart. He had little use for much of what he called the “new hymn singing” because he thought it lacked meaning from the heart. Once he saw a church member pull a hymn book from his pocket. “You won’t have those in heaven,” chided Evans, “put it back in your pocket.”
Baptists, in the south, in particular, inherited much of their fervent and yet doctrinally sound religion from their Welsh and Scottish ancestors. Like Jonathan Edwards, they knew one did not have to divorce emotion from doctrine. One can, in fact, must be, sound in doctrine and fervent in spirit. Christmas described himself as a fisher of men. He said: “(my) line should not be of fine silk but of strong thread interwoven with the help of truth and dipped in the spirit of prayer, for what was wanted was not something nice to look at, but a line with a hook on one end to bite.” The preceding quote emphasizes a Baptist distinctive of preaching for decision. Our forefathers were doctrinally sound as can be seen in Evans’ reading of such weighty stuff as the complete works of John Owen. They also believed in a religion of the heart. They preached to see men and women soundly converted. To the wayward saints, they preached for the godly sorrow which leads to repentance. Another momentous time in Evan’s life was when he met and married Catherine Jones.
His beloved Catherine would prove to be a great stabilizing force in the preacher’s life. Christmas and his wife moved to the Isle of Anglesey to begin a new work among the Baptists of that island. During his ministry on the island that Evans began to read John Owen and to translate John Gill’s, Body of Divinity into Welsh. The work was difficult and the opposition was great but God blessed his efforts among a number of Baptists churches on the island. Life has many strange turns and Christmas walked down a most crooked road as he approached his sixtieth birthday. First, his beloved Catherine was called home to Christ in 1823. Not long after that, Evans was named in a lawsuit by creditors seeking to recover unpaid debts from some of the Angsley chapels. Then he spent nine months battling an infection which threatened to rob the sight Evans had left. If that wasn’t enough, many of the Baptist church on the island began to chafe under Evan’s leadership and made it plain that felt it was time for him to move one. One is reminded of the words of Paul in Corinthians when he names all of his troubles and adds “as well as care for all of the churches.”
In spite of all of these trials, Christmas never hesitated in his march for the kingdom of God. Evans left Anglesey in 1826 and moved alone to the little village of Caerphilly. God once again blessed Evans in his love and gave him a loving new wife in Mary Evans. Christmas spent the last few years of his life preaching from one place to another, often returning to preach at the great annual assemblies of all evangelical Christians in Wales. On July 19th, 1838, God called Christmas home after a job well done. David Rhys Stephen preaching at Evans’ funeral said: “He had a heart swelling with love to God and man … He was a man that feared the Lord God … He walked before Him with great humility all the day long.” On the day of his death, Evans preached a sermon on the apostles on the day of Pentecost. He likened their mission as going out into a great naval battle: “The captain of our salvation sent out twelve little boats to engage the whole fleet of hell. For a time all was enveloped in fire and smoke, and the issue of the day seemed doubtful, but when the conflict had ceased … it was ascertained that the twelve little boats had captured three thousand of Satan’s ships of war.”
After preaching, Christmas Evans sat down and said, “This is my last sermon.” And it was. Yet Evans still preaches from the past. His life of solid dedication to God and God’s church is a monument to what it means to serve God with one’s whole heart. The one-eyed preacher from Wales may not have had a face that was much to look at but he had a heart that was a work of art. May his legacy lives in our hearts.



A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa.
The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly after birth.
They have since been off drugs for eight-and-a-half years without symptoms or signs of the active virus.
The family is said to be “really delighted”.
Most people need treatment every day to prevent HIV destroying the immune system and causing Aids.

Understanding how the child is protected could lead to new drugs or a vaccine for stopping HIV.
The child caught the infection from their mother around the time of birth in 2007. They had very high levels of HIV in the blood.
Early antiretroviral therapy was not standard practice at the time but was given to the child from nine weeks old as part of a clinical trial.
Levels of the virus became undetectable, treatment was stopped after 40 weeks and unlike anybody else on the study – the virus has not returned.
Early therapy which attacks the virus before it has a chance to fully establish itself has been implicated in child “cure” cases twice before.
The “Mississippi Baby” was put on treatment within 30 hours of birth and went 27 months without treatment before HIV re-emerged in her blood.
There was also a case in France with a patient who has now gone more than 11 years without drugs.
Dr. Avy Violari, the head of pediatric research at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit in Johannesburg, said: “We don’t believe that antiretroviral therapy alone can lead to remission.
“We don’t really know what’s the reason why this child has achieved remission – we believe it’s either genetic or immune system-related.”
‘Virtual cure’
Some people are naturally better at dealing with an HIV infection – so-called “elite controllers”. However, whatever the child has is different to anything that has been seen before.
Replicating it as a new form of therapy – a drug, antibody or vaccine – would have the potential to help other patients.
It is worth noting that while there is no active HIV in the child’s body, the virus has been detected in the child’s immune cells.
HIV can hide inside them – called latent HIV – for long periods of time, so there is still a danger the child could need drug treatment in the future.
The team in Johannesburg performed the study alongside the UK’s MRC Clinical Trials Unit.
‘One child’
Prof Diana Gibbs, who is based in London, told the BBC News website: “It captures the imagination because you’ve got a virtual cure and it is exciting to see cases like this.
“But it is important to remember it is one child.

“HIV is still a massive problem around the world and we mustn’t put all our eyes on to one phenomenon like this, as opposed to looking at the bigger issues for Africa.”
Worldwide, 36.7 million people are living with HIV and only 53% of them are receiving antiretroviral therapy.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said: “Further study is needed to learn how to induce long-term HIV remission in infected babies.
“However, this new case strengthens our hope that by treating HIV-infected children for a brief period beginning in infancy, we may be able to spare them the burden of lifelong therapy and the health consequences of long-term immune activation typically associated with HIV disease.”
The results are being presented at the IAS Conference on HIV Science.



Today I want to thank all that joined me over the last 21 days to pray for our countries and adopted homes. It was my pleasure to interact with those that contacted me and I give God the praise and thanks for all His goodness. I seized the moment and opportunity to take all the negative energies and turn them into positive energy. These days helped me to look into my past and asked the Lord to turn them around. Prayers change things and can make a new a good thing out of something condemned.

It is my prayer that you have received of the Lord what was your intention at the start of this session. I pray that you will continue to pray in the season and hopefully you walk in the ways the Lord has ordained for you. Let us come out from this session stronger and more enlightened in the things of God.

During those days of prayer, many things have happened that in some way has brought us closer to the Lord. Many barriers have been broken and to God, we give all the praise and thanks. I pray that we will continue to stay in prayer and that God will continue to hear from heaven and answer our prayers.

May God bless and keep us in His care.

Sir Godfrey Gregg


Pope Francis Calls For ‘One World Government’ To ‘Save Humanity’

The Pope has argued that the creation of the one world government is needed to combat major issues such as “climate change.”

Pope Francis called for “a one world government” and “political authority” this week, arguing that the creation of the one world government is needed to combat major issues such as “climate change.”

Speaking with Ecuador’s “El Universo” newspaper, the Pope said that the United Nations doesn’t have enough power and must be granted full governmental control “for the good of humanity.”

But what is raising eyebrows is the Pope’s call for a new global political authority. Here is more from the Guardian:

Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical. In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday, the pontiff will warn that failure to act would have “grave consequences for all of us”.

Francis also called for a new global political authority tasked with “tackling … the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions”. His appeal echoed that of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who in a 2009 encyclical proposed a kind of super-UN to deal with the world’s economic problems and injustices.

The word “globalization” means exactly what it says. It is the process of transitioning the world into a global government. Religious leaders are playing their part in this great deception.

David Rockefeller famously said that a “global crisis” would have to occur before the people of the world would be willing to accept a New World Order. When the world economy suffered a dramatic crash in 2008, world leaders again proclaimed the need for a New World Order with global financial control.

As demonstrated by Pope Francis, climate change and the global warming hoax is now the global elite’s preferred method of scaremongering, as they attempt to shepherd humanity closer to unified totalitarian rule.

Disturbingly, world religious leaders are also beginning to come together as one to preach from the same hymn sheet, instructing their sheep to accept the components of the New World Order’s one world government.

In case you missed it, world leaders from a diverse collection of religious communities called for world unity in a video message released last week.

The call for a world government, led by Pope Francis, Ayatollah Al-Milani, the Dalai Lama and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, is seen as a major step on the road to the New World Order that was prophesied over 2,000 years ago.

The world religious leaders came together on June 14 to make a joint statement through a video calling on people to embrace ideas of friendship and unity, and to overcome negativity and division in society.

In reality, the call for global government by Pope Francis and other wealthy elitists has nothing to do with lifting up impoverished nations or “saving humanity.” Such a government would instead guarantee global surveillance, global wealth inequality and a world run by the exact corrupt interests currently consolidating wealth and power worldwide.

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