Sabre rattling has been the order of the day in Asia.
War with North Korea does not appear to be imminent, but is in no way ready to be ruled out.
The difficulty is whether an American attack on North Korean military facilities would lead to deadly retaliation against South Korea. Then, there’s the question of whether China would join with North Korea. If so, we could be staring at World War III.
In South Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. would not rule out use of force to confront a growing nuclear threat from North Korea.
The last two times North Korea fired off missiles – a multiple launch earlier this month and a more advanced model in February – U.S. intelligence was caught by surprise. North Korea’s increasing ability to launch without warning is one reason Secretary of State Tillerson overturned two decades of U.S. policy toward North Korea.
“Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures,” Tillerson said Friday after visiting the heavily militarized border between the rival Koreas.
Strategic patience is the diplomatic way of saying the U.S. has relied on economic sanctions, covert sabotage, and cyber attacks to make it difficult for North Korea to develop nuclear weapons.
But as President Trump put it in a tweet: “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the united states for years.”
Following a visit to the DMZ dividing the two Koreas, Secretary Tillerson said in effect “no more games” — and raised the threat of a pre-emptive strike against the north.
“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table,” he said.
But a preemptive strike would almost certainly result in massive loss of life by triggering a North Korean artillery barrage on the South Korean capital of Seoul.
Secretary Tillerson will travel next to Beijing in an effort to convince President Xi to use his country’s economic leverage to pressure North Korea into giving up its weapons program.
But, according to the president’s tweet, “China has done little to help.”
Secretary Tillerson said “all options are on the table.” But a Defense Dept. official added “none of them are good options.”
This video offers the testimony of a North Korean woman about life in her country. Is she for real or an actress?
Henry Makow lays out Korean history and explains why the globalists have created the Korean schism in order to advance their cause.
Here’s a question for you to consider. Is this little fat boy really crazy or is he an actor playing a role, bought and paid for by (((them?))) Or do (((they))) want him gone in order to exploit his country?
Given what we’ve learned through Wikileaks, it’s clear that there’s layer upon layer of deception in the Deep State. It seems there’s no way to determine if we will ever reach the ultimate truth.
One more thing. This CNBC op-ed raises the question of whether the tough talk is aimed at China. The author notes that tougher sanctions on North Korea will force China to expend its resources on keeping North Korea afloat.