It’s North Korea….one more time!
Earlier this week I wrote about the US approach to the situation with North Korea…..basically it was about the possibility of using realism in that approach….but read for yourself…..
Lil Kim and North Korea have been showing up more and more in the news. He has mouthed off, launched a couple missiles and thumped his chest….much the same that his daddy and granddaddy had done and the US has met their challenge in much the same manner for three decades of so.
The Trump administration is headed down the same path…a path that has not worked in those many years…maybe time to try something new (I have said this before but no one was listening)….
After I posted that more news was creeped into the situation…and like most things international Trump has pointed a finger and his eyes glazed over and he threatens……
President Trump is taking a tough line on the North Korean nuclear threat days ahead of his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart. He says he plans to raise the issue with Xi Jinping when they meet in Florida this week. “China has great influence over North Korea,” and they will “decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t,” Trump told the Financial Times in an Oval Office interview. “If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.” Asked if he would consider a deal that includes the withdrawal of US troops from South Korea, he replied: “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.” He added that it was “totally” possible for the US to deal with Pyongyang alone.
Trump said he had great respect for Xi and that he “would not be at all surprised if we did something that would be very dramatic and good for both countries.” Trump has implied that trade issues could be used as leverage when dealing with China, though he says he won’t be raising the issue of tariffs with Xi, the BBC reports. Former CIA China analyst Dennis Wilder tells the FT that Trump appears ready to bring in “secondary sanctions” against Chinese individuals and companies that deal with North Korea, and he may also pressure China to stop using North Korean labor. (Pyongyang was furious last week after John McCain described Kim Jong Un as a “crazy fat kid.”)
More on this threat from the President…….
There needs to be some sort of balance….between threats and sanctions……running one’s mouth does not do anything constructive to this situation.
Plus there is a defector that had some sad news……and it pertains to the threatening attitude of our new master……
President Trump talked tough on North Korea in an interview with the Financial Times, his language setting the stage for Friday’s meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The Voice of America reports that one line of thought is that Trump may be willing to offer Beijing incentives on a range of trade and security issues in exchange for help with the North. Meanwhile, a flurry of North Korean developments were making headlines:
- The highest-ranking North Korean defector in recent decades has a stark warning about Kim Jong Un: “Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons,” Thae Young Ho, who bolted in 2016, tells NBC News.
- A story in the New York Times suggests that it might be too late to prevent Pyongyang from joining the ranks of advanced nuclear powers. It points to the discovery of a classified ad, traced to North Korea, offering the sale of 22 pounds of lithium 6 per month; lithium 6 is needed to make a hydrogen bomb, and the ad suggests the North has excess supplies.
- An analysis by the AP digs into the context of Trump’s answers. Any solo solution would have to be “pretty clever,” given the possibility of antagonizing not just the North and China, but Russia as well.
- There’s lots of chatter about heightened activity at a nuclear site in the North, suggesting that another test is imminent, but the 38 North blog assesses satellite photos and throws some cold water on the theory.
Above all sanity would go a long way to repairing this situation……threats are not sane. period!
OPINION | Too many pundits cling to unhelpful narratives that harm the development of a more effective policy to disarm North Korea.
If my reader would like to stay up to date then I can help……
President Donald Trump emphasized that the U.S. is willing to take unilateral action against North Korea if China doesn’t move to contain the burgeoning nuclear power, as he put trade and the military threat from Pyongyang at the top of the agenda of his planned meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
The United States should remain positioned to execute a preemptive strike against nuclear weapons facilities in North Korea, despite the fact such an attack would trigger a regional conflict, a former Defense Department chief said Sunday. – Washington Times
[E]xperts say the lithium ad — with its implication that the North is happy to sell an excess supply of the precious material — suggests that it is far too late to prevent the nation from becoming an advanced nuclear power. – New York Times
The Trump administration announced on Friday that it had leveled a package of new economic sanctions against North Korea, Russia, and China over efforts by individuals in these countries to support an illicit nuclear arms network that feeds North Korea’s nuclear program, according to an announcement by the Treasury Department. – Washington Free Beacon
Donald Trump has warned that the US will take unilateral action to eliminate the nuclear threat from North Korea unless China increases pressure on the regime in Pyongyang. – Financial Times
President Donald Trump’s top national security aides have completed a broad review of U.S. options aimed at countering North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. – Reuters
North Korea must be stopped on its path toward being able to threaten the United States with nuclear attack, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday in a stark expression of America’s top national security concern at the moment. – Associated Press
In closing…..they have done it again! Yet another missile fired!
North Korea may have just moved up the agenda at President Trump’s first meeting with China’s President Xi Jingping: In what as seen as a provocation ahead of the US-China summit later this week, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea Wednesday morning in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, Reuters reports. US and South Korean officials believe the missile, like one fired in February, was a KN-15 medium-range missile, a type of missile more mobile, easier to launch, and harder to detect than other missiles in Pyongyang’s arsenal, the AP reports. The one fired in February traveled 310 miles but this one only flew around 37 miles, suggesting the test may not have been a complete success.
North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons program was already expected to be a main focus of the talks between Xi and Trump, who recently said the US can deal with the problem alone if China is unwilling to help. “The launch took place possibly in consideration of the US-China summit, while at the same time it was to check its missile capability,” a South Korean official tells Reuters. Japan condemned the latest launch as “extremely problematic,” while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.” (This week, a North Korean defector had an ominous warning about Kim Jong Un’s state of mind.)
Tillerson was rude but he probably just needed a nap.
NO more North Korea until something major happens…..you’re welcome.