North Korea Is Still There

Fearless Leader has returned to his castle on the Potomac and when he got home he opened his mail and found the he has been sentenced to be executed by the North Koreans.

How’s that for something new?

I know everyone is having a good old time poking fun at Li’l Kim…..he makes it so easy….and then there is Trump and his macho outbursts on Twitter….great fun.

NK is building a sub for launch of missiles…..

North Korea appears to be on an “aggressive schedule” to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, Reuters reports. That’s according to a report released Thursday by 38North, a North Korea monitoring project based out of Washington, DC. The report states that satellite images of the Sinpo South Shipyard taken Nov. 5 show “the presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine’s pressure hull in the yards.” If the objects are indeed pieces of a pressure hull, they are bigger than what is used for North Korea’s current ROMEO-class attack submarines.

38North also cites the continuous movement of parts in and out of yards next to construction halls at the shipyard and the presence of a stand used to test the mechanism that launches missiles from a submarine. A move to develop an operational ballistic missile submarine wouldn’t be unexpected, CNBC reports. North Korea started testing submarine-launched ballistic missiles last year, and Kim Jong Un has shown an increased willingness to utilize submarines.

But I think that all Americans need to come to grips that there is a real possibility that these two countries could go at it in the future….

In a hurricane, there is a peaceful lull when the eye of the storm arrives, but it is just an illusion. This is where we are with North Korea.

We think we have been seen the worst: Pyongyang tested an H-bomb and launched missiles over Japan; America has flown its bombers off North Korea’s coast; and both sides have traded insults and threats.

Now the eye of the storm has arrived. We hear that American and North Korean diplomats are in contact, and Trump is talking up China’s positive but unspecified role.

Any sense that this crisis has been averted is illusory.

What implications is there for the US if push comes to shove….and with a president like we have now….that is a real possibility…..

The growing lethality of North Korea’s military threat increasingly undercuts America’s ability to use diplomatic pressure, economic sanctions or military force to counter its dangerously provocative behavior. As Kim Jong Un accelerates the buildup of his nuclear-tipped missile arsenal, there is a distinct possibility that no matter what actions the United States and its allies take, the Korean peninsula is headed for war.

But after this crisis what then?

My colleague Andrew Davies has written convincingly about the challenges of securing a diplomatic resolution to the North Korean nuclear crisis. He speculated about a solution in which the U.S. accepts North Korea’s nuclear status at the current level of development while maintaining the status quo posture for American and allied forces and diplomacy. The idea is to avoid the worst possible short-term outcome of a major war that could escalate rapidly past the nuclear threshold. However, he recognises that a lack of trust makes such a solution very tenuous, and it may not be possible to achieve.

North Korea is a testing ground…..Trump and his State Department must meet this situation head on and find a way to calm it down…..I mean something besides a silly Tweet in the early morning hours by a silly little man in his PJs….

Here is something that will not sit well with his(Trump’s) Big Mac….. South Korea’s ruling party leader, who warned yesterday that the US mustn’t attack North Korea without their consent.

Think about that few a moment…..(pause here for contemplation)…..Trump asking permission from some one else…..this I gotta see!

Even China thinks Trump’s ideas are unrealistic……

China’s government contradicted a claim that Trump made about their position regarding a proposal to freeze North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile tests:

China said on Thursday it will stick by its “freeze-for-freeze” plan to de-escalate tensions in the Korean Peninsula, contradicting a suggestion by President Trump that it had turned against it.

The proposal calls for North Korea to freeze its missile and nuclear tests in return for the United States and South Korea suspending their annual joint military exercises. On Wednesday, Trump suggested Chinese President Xi Jinping had acknowledged to him that the plan was a non-starter.

The apparent Chinese contradiction of Trump’s statement also highlights the lack of coherent policy put forward by the United States to actually usher North Korea along the path of denuclearization.

Peace talks?  What are the chances?  Thanx to Trump the chances are zip….zero….zilch….nada….

North Korea has ruled out negotiations with the US over its nuclear program, Pyongyang’s ambassador to the UN has confirmed, citing Washington’s “hostile policy” against his country and continuing US-South Korea military exercises.

“As long as there is a continuous hostile policy against my country by the US and as long as there are continued war games on our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations,” Han Tae Song told Reuters on Friday. “There are continued military exercises using nuclear assets as well as aircraft carriers, and strategic bombers and then…raising such kinds of military exercises against my country.”

Trump’s newest move should do the trick…..

President Trump said Monday that he intends to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror. Trump called the move a long overdue step and part of the US “maximum pressure campaign” against Pyongyang, per the AP. North Korea was last on the US list of state sponsors of terror in 2008, when the country was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development. Iran, Sudan, and Syria are also designated by the US as state sponsors of terror. US officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport earlier this year as an act of terrorism.

The designation had been debated for months inside the administration, with some officials at the State Department arguing that North Korea didn’t meet the legal standard to be relisted as a state sponsor of terrorism. Officials said there was no debate over whether the slaying of half brother Kim Jong Nam was a terrorist act. However, lawyers said there had to be more than one incident, and there was disagreement over whether the treatment of American student Otto Warmbier, who died of injuries suffered in North Korean custody, constituted terrorism.

If this war does not pan out for Trump…..there is always Iran!


3 thoughts on “North Korea Is Still There

  1. South Korea has finally spoken up? They obviously don’t want to be the battleground of another wider war, and would sooner face the prospect of Kim flexing his muscles, than a conventional major war which will mainly be fought on their soil, or a ‘limited nuclear option’ that will equally devastate their own country in the process.
    I doubt the current administration in the US will care to much about what SK has to say though. Without the support of the US, South Korea would have ceased to exist long ago, I’m sure.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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