Trump has left Japan and now he enters into South Korea…..of course this whole trip is billed as some sort of journey to put forth his desire to end North Korea’s run up to nukes and a delivery system….but it looks like he will be met with some opposition…
A coalition of more than 200 South Korean civic groups have announced plans to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s escalation of nuclear tensions with North Korea during his scheduled visit to Seoul next week.
The protests are expected to draw thousands, and will kick off with a “No Trump, No War People’s Rally” outside the U.S. Embassy in South Korea’s capitol city on Saturday, Nov. 4, ahead of Trump’s arrival on Nov. 7 for a two-day visit. The coalition has also planned a candlelight vigil at Gwanghwamun Square for Nov. 7 and a protest outside the National Assembly building, during Trump’s address to parliament on Nov. 8.
In a statement announcing details about the president’s trip to Asia, the White House said, “The President’s engagements will strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Not everybody is buying the manure Trump is spreading……
The protesters plan to “call on the U.S. to stop threatening to start a war, putting pressure on the North, and forcing the South to buy American-made weapons,” the Korea Herald reports, noting:
They also want the withdrawal of the US Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system, which they say caters only to U.S. interests while widening the divide between South Korea and China. China, which believes the system’s radar could be used to spy on its territory, has taken what appear to be retaliatory actions against Korea, such as restrictions on Korean firms’ businesses in China.
They also want the abolishment of the Korea-U.S. bilateral trade deal, which the two countries have recently begun to renegotiate at Trump’s urging, saying the trade deal only benefits the U.S. and disadvantages Korea, especially local farmers.
That is what I’m talking about….TAKING IT TO THE STREETS!
Good from them….it warms my heart to see that there are those that still know how to protest….we Americans should learn how to make our point through protest….a lost art form in the US.
Fearless Leader has moved on from Japan and is now in South Korea…..and in true from spouting crap that his mind thinks of when he walks in front of a mike……
President Trump is in South Korea—and he hasn’t repeated his rhetoric about bringing “fire and fury” down on its northern neighbor. In a joint press conference with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, Trump said he’d seen a “lot of progress” in dealing with Pyongyang and urged the country to make a deal to end its nuclear weapons program, the AP reports. “It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and for the world,” Trump said. “I do see certain movement.” Moon added that the two leaders had agreed to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue in a peaceful manner.
Trump arrived in South Korea, the second country on his five-nation Asia trip, at the Camp Humphreys military base 40 miles south of Seoul, the Washington Post reports. He had lunch with American troops in a mess hall on the base before speaking with military commanders, telling them: “Ultimately, it will all work out. It always works out.” Trump will address the South Korean National Assembly on Wednesday, and aides say he’s likely to denounce North Korea’s human rights abuses. Bloomberg reports that Moon’s administration has its differences with Trump over issues including trade and North Korea, though the South Korean leader praised Trump for making “America great again” at the start of their Tuesday meeting. (In a speech in Japan Monday, Trump refused to rule out military action against North Korea.)
Trump pushing Japan and South Korea to buy more military equipment…..and I would bet that behind closed doors he is trying to convince them in the necessity of nukes on their soil…..I say NO! And with good reason…..
The North Korea crisis has led commentators to reassess the conventional wisdom that, when it comes to nuclear weapons, fewer is better. Unsurprisingly, South Korea and Japan are at the centre of this discussion. In a provocative piece in the Washington Post, Singapore’s Bilahari Kausikan recently made the case for nuclear proliferation (bar Taiwan) to stabilise the fractious region. At the other end of the spectrum, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons maintain that the spread of nuclear weapons undermines international security.
Both positions are missing something. Were Seoul or Tokyo to acquire nuclear-weapons capacity, abandoning their reliance on extended deterrence from the U.S., the region would not instantly become any more or less secure.