"We don't want a unified Korean peninsula ... We [also] don't want the North Koreans to cause more trouble than the system can absorb."
—Hillary Clinton, 2013, speech to Goldman Sachs
This is the thing, the current situation suits the US, the NK know this and they sabre rattle as a negotiation tactic. They will be very unlikely to do anything too rash and so will the US, it is a balance of sorts that suits all players... for now.
Published on Apr 28, 2017
In the event of a war with on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s naval forces might prove to be nuisance to allied forces if they are operating close to shore, but the threat is manageable.
Nonetheless, U.S. and South Korean naval shores need to keep on their toes—otherwise, they could find themselves ambushed—and suffer the fate of ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772). The Pohang-class corvette was sunk by a North Korean mini-submarine armed with CHT-02D wake-homing torpedoes on March 26, 2010 in an unprovoked attack.
Get with the 'Program' guys. With China giving indications that will employ energy sanctions against NK, there's no way that Kim san can do anything except talk big if he wants to persist. The rest is just Doom Porn, which as many seem to have latched onto, can be sold by the bucket load in the US.
What I'm finding really interesting, and as mentioned in Zed's post above, is that US policy wants to see NK remain as it is. Seems to be saying that the prospect of NK and its potential productive capacity, assuming it would rival that of SK, is something to be discouraged.
Pea shooter against a battleship, with or without power. JMHO. All talk and IF the talking ever turns to serious action then NK will be a crispy crunchy in minutes.... but then, the contagion could be painful as China reacts. Also no place for a land war, tech against shear numbers would make it Iraq on steroids... JMO.
If you make a reasonable assumption that the people of NK are no more, or less stupid than any other people on the planet. Then it may also be reasonable to assume that were China to severely restrict the energy import of the already energy poor country that NK is, that Kim San would face his own Ceaușescu moment in short order ?
I'd be willing to bet that even now, groups of the upper echelons in NK are plotting to give the Kim guy the bums rush. I'd guess that he even realises that it'll be no good to keep the motor running, for the simple reason nowhere would take him in.
Published on May 23, 2017
The Trump administration claims “all options are on the table” for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program—from using military force, to pressuring China to cut off economic relations with North Korea, to Donald Trump negotiating directly with Kim Jong Un. But what do those options look like? And what consequences could they have? This series explores those questions, option by option.
The South Korean fired warning shots Tuesday at an "unidentified object" flying across the heavily fortified border from North Korea Tuesday afternoon according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The military detected the object traversing the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) southward in the Chorwon area in the eastern province of Gangwon at around 4 pm.
South Korean army's K-55 self-propelled howitzers fire during the annual exercise in Paju, near the border with North Korea on Monday, May 22.
According to Yonhap News, a defense source said the military fired more than 90 K-3 machine gun rounds, adding it may have been a drone. The South's military is analyzing the object and its route and has beefed up its air defense posture, said the JCS. The incident added to already-high tensions between the Koreas following the North's continued ballistic missile launches.
In January last year, a North Korean drone flew over the MDL into the western section of the demilitarized zone. The South opened machine gun fire on it.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the South Korean military bolstered its air surveillance and broadcast a warning to North Korea in response to the object. It provided no other details.
The Koreas face off across the world's most heavily armed border, and the two sides occasionally clash. In 2014, they traded machine gun and rifle fire after South Korean activists released anti-North Korean propaganda balloons across the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula, but no casualties were reported. Attacks blamed on North Korea in 2010 killed 50 South Koreans.
MESSAGE TO NORTH KOREA !! US Navy Tests Anti Ballistic Missile & Shows it's Military Power Military Today
Published on May 25, 2017
MESSAGE TO NORTH KOREA !! US Navy Tests Anti Ballistic Missile & Shows it's Military Power
The RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) is a ship-based missile system used by the United States Navy to intercept short-to intermediate-range ballistic missiles as a part of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Although primarily designed as an anti-ballistic missile, the SM-3 has also been employed in an anti-satellite capacity against a satellite at the lower end of low Earth orbit.The SM-3 is primarily used and tested by the United States Navy and also operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Trump’s armada finally arrives! Two giant US aircraft carriers in show of force off the coast of North Korea after President warned Kim Jong-un a month ago that warships were heading for the region - when one was actually in the Indian Ocean
The USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan are carrying out drills in the Sea of Japan
In April President Trump said an 'armada' was on its way to the peninsula, but the Carl Vinson was actually thousands of miles away
The US Pacific Command this week reiterated its 'ironclad commitment' to protecting allies from North Korean aggression
China has called for restraint from all sides in tensions in the Korean Peninsula
AS US MILITARY FLEXES, NORTH KOREA MARCHES TOWARD NUCLEAR CAPABILITY || WARTHOG 2017 Warthog Defense
Published on Jun 5, 2017
One week, North Korea fires off a ballistic missile, then US B-1 bombers stretch their wings over South Korea. The next, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversees another missile test, and two US Navy aircraft carriers show their might in waters off the Korean Peninsula.
Colonel Tony Schaeffer said yesterday, that he believes the NK fried Otto's brain by administering sodium pentathol (sp) repeatedly. Look for video taped confessions, with all kinds of wild scenarios coming down the road possibly. I think Kim may have shit in his mess kit this time.
Our Attack Sub Commanders would have a field day hunting down Kim's subs. It would be good live training anyway. Like shooting fish in a barrel I would imagine. That's if the NK's had enough fuel to go anywhere. Gotta refuel at some point, when all you have is diesel, and surfacing to clear systems, etc. periodically would be their demise. How would you like to be a NK on one of Kim's subs, when he orders you out to see, to take on the Americans?
'Kim-Jong-Un murdered Otto Warmbier': Furious John McCain says dictator's brutal regime killed tragic American student who was returned from North Korean adventure in a coma after stealing a hotel poster and died six days later
John McCain has accused the North Korean regime of murder in the death of American Otto Warmbier
The 22-year-old was detained for 17 months in North Korea for allegedly stealing a poster
He was medically evacuated back to the U.S. last week in a coma, but died at an Ohio hospital on Monday
The Hamilton County coroner is investigating his cause of death
Meanwhile, Young Pioneer Tours, the group that took Warmbier to North Korea, announced that they will no longer take Americans to the country
This sounds serious! Trump has painted himself into the corner of military action against North Korea, and I don't see a way out for him. A third carrier should be operational there soon. Looks like fireworks by the 4th of July.
U.S. President Donald Trump will speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, calls that come as frustration builds in the White House over North Korea's nuclear program and overcapacity in the steel market.
The talks come ahead of meetings he will hold with both leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8 where trade practices are expected to be high on the agenda.
Trump, who pledged a hard line on trade during his campaign for office, has been weighing new quotas or tariffs on steel imports for national security reasons and plans to discuss his concerns at the G20.
The White House said the phone calls were scheduled starting at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT Monday).
Trump, who met with Xi in April in Florida, had said he was willing to work with China on trade issues but wanted to see Beijing use its economic leverage to force North Korea to scale back its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, which are a threat to the United States and allies South Korea and Japan.
But Trump has become frustrated that China has not done more to pressure Pyongyang, and has been considering moving ahead on trade actions.
Trump also called for a determined response to North Korea after talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday in Washington.
North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Pyongyang defends its weapons programs as necessary to counter U.S. hostility and regularly threatens to destroy the United States.
'Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?' Trump mocks Kim Jong-un after North Korea launches yet another ballistic missile as President calls on China to 'end this nonsense once and for all'
North Korea has launched a ballistic missile, according to South Korean military
US president Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday evening asking if Kim Jong-un has 'anything better to do with his life?'
South Korea says it was launched from North Phyongan province towards Japan
It's not clear if this was a routine firing of a short-range missile or an attempt to perfect North Korea's longer-range missiles
Past few months has seen Pyongyang stepping up its military exercises
It has tested at least four new missile systems despite pressure from US to stop
The last was on June 8 when it tested of a new type of cruise missile which Pyongyang claimed is capable of striking US and South Korean warships 'at will'
'A gift for American b******s!' Defiant Kim Jong-Un taunts US after his first successful test of ICBM capable of hitting Alaska - as America and South Korea respond with their own ballistic missile drill
United States and South Korea have conducted a joint ballistic missile drill
Seoul has described it as 'a strong warning against North Korean provocation'
Drill is in response to North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile launch
The 'landmark' test of a Hwasong-14 missile was overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un
It was fired from a site in the North Phyongan province into the Sea of Japan
It is believed to have reached an altitude of 1741 miles and flew 580 miles
Pyongyang claims its rocket can carry 'large-sized and heavy nuclear warheads'
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. will host an emergency meeting Wednesday with the United Nations Security Council
HOW WAR WITH NORTH KOREA COULD START AND WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE || WARTHOG 2017 Warthog Defense
Published on Jul 9, 2017
Often dismissed as wild rhetoric, that nightmare scenario has become significantly more likely after the country's successful test launch on Tuesday of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Analysts have devised a number of scenarios of how tensions might develop into a conflict that would devastate the peninsula and, potentially, neighbouring countries such as Japan.