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North Korea Tests ICBM. Trump Stumbles Toward Confrontation
Glenn "Caz" Cazenave
/ Categories: Miliatry, Policy, Foreign, Opinion

North Korea Tests ICBM. Trump Stumbles Toward Confrontation

At the first of the year, 2017, the DPRK (North Korea) announced that it would soon test an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that could deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States. President-elect Trump said it would never happen.
 

 

Early on July 4th, North Korea achieved a pivotable milestone by successfully launching an ICBM. It happened.

 

“The American bastards must be quite unhappy after closely watching our strategic decision,” The Korean Central News Agency quoted their leader Kim Jong-un as saying after watching the missile test on Tuesday. “I guess they are not too happy with the gift package we sent them for the occasion of their Independence Day. We should often send them gift packages so they won’t be too bored.”

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 In a joint statement after North Korea's missile launch on Tuesday, both China and Russia called for a freeze on missile tests from the hermit state. Foreign ministers from both countries also said that the U.S. and South Korea should abstain from carrying out joint exercises.

 

The US responded by holding a joint military exercise with South Korea.


This in contrast to President Trump's outsourcing of the North Korean aggression to China's Present Xi. In March Xi and Trump became friends during a state visit to the Trump resort, Mar-a-Lago.



Xi gave Trump a short lesson on Korea “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal. “I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power [over] North Korea... But it’s not what you would think.”


Still, Trump publically stated his confidence that Xi could contain North Korea.  Trump's close personal relationship seems to be one-sided in light of China's history of murdering or arresting CIA resources. 

         China Kills C.I.A. Informants

In April Trump even offered to give China a better trade deal for their intervention with North Korea.

 

Military options on the Korean peninsula have always been limited by the catastrophic consequences.  The loss of life in South Korea could exceed 10 million people with only the use conventional weapons. The North Korean People’s Army Artillery Command is responsible for 12,000 pieces of tube artillery and 2,300 pieces of multiple launch rocket artillery over 107-millimeters. The majority of tube artillery are 122-, 130-, 152- and 170-millimeter units, and on the rocket side, the majority are 240-millimeter units.

 

The use of missiles by the North to attack Seoul could be thwarted by an anti-missile system like THAAD ( Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems). Unfortunately, Xi has convinced South Korea's new President Moon to stop deployment of those systems on June 6th.

    South Korea Halts THAAD deployment

 

Trump is relying on career politicians, representing other countries who do not have his or American interests as a priority. Trump can be swayed by flattery and simply does not have "Political" skills. Even while dealing with someone as impetuous as Kim Jong-un he needs people skilled in political science.  Trump does not understand the world and refuses to hire anyone who does. He may stumble on to the right path but it is just as likely he will create a crisis that will take decades before we recover.

 

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