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North Korea has tested a high yield atomic bomb….

Sources in Japan have confirmed that North Korea set off a nuclear blast underground…

The action is in the face of American warnings for the country to cease it’s efforts to produce the capability to put on line a ballistic missile system with the ability to reach America and elevate itself to membership in the exclusive nuclear able club of countries …(The country has continued to test out ballistic missiles..)

Efforts by China to stop the North Korean’s have also fallen on deaf ears…

The US and other Asia countries are holding their annual military drills in South Korea and THAT has the North Korea’s nervous….

Trump is meeting with his National Security staff, which cautions against  a military response to the taunts from the  North Korea’s….

They are showing that absent whatever they want in talks?

They will press ahead to assure that military intervention in their plans will coast the US and South Korea grave consequences….

The Trump admin is between a rock and hard place on this….

North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in an extraordinary show of defiance against President Trump on Sunday, saying it had detonated a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The test, which the North called a “complete success,” was the first to clearly surpass the destructive power of the bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.

Mr. Trump threatened last month to bring “fire and fury” to North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States with nuclear missiles, but the country and its leader, Kim Jong-un, has appeared unmoved, with the test on Sunday preceded by the launch last week of a ballistic missile over Japaninto the north Pacific.

“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test,” Mr. Trump said in an early-morning post on Twitter. “Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”

Mr. Trump described the North as a “rogue nation” that has become “a great threat and embarrassment to China,” its main ally. He also scolded the government in Seoul, saying “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!”

The announcement from North Korea came hours after the country declared that it had developed a hydrogen bomb that could fit into the warhead of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Still, it was unclear whether the North had in fact detonated such a weapon, a far more powerful type of nuclear device than the atomic bombs it has tested in the past. And analysts were skeptical that Pyongyang had really developed the capability to mount one on an ICBM…..

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The action by the North Korea’s has been widely condemned by other countries , not just the US…

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Why does North Korea keep giving Trump the finger?….

Politico’s Jon Wolfsthal , and Obama White House guy, gives several pretty good reasons why Trump may talk the talk, but he he’s kinda stuck…..

If we are going to continue to rely, as we have for decades, on deterrence to prevent a major conflict on the Korean Peninsula, it helps to know both a little about who we are trying to deter and what our deterrence partner thinks about America. As a senior director in the Obama White House charged with coordinating nonproliferation policy, I thought about this question a lot as we tried to ensure our actions and words intended to influence North Korea would send the right deterrent and diplomatic messages to Pyongyang.

After almost 30 years of efforts to prevent a nuclear North Korea, we have demonstrated some patterns; patterns that Kim relies on to guide his decision-making, just as we have come to rely on his patterns to inform ours. We began working to prevent a nuclear North Korea in the late 1980s, and since then five America presidents have tried without final success to achieve this goal. And, to be blunt, the picture these patterns paint is pretty disappointing. Here are a few key lessons we have to assume Kim lives by based on what we have said and done over the last three decades….

First, America wants a deal….

Second, America says our isolation is getting worse, but more and more money keeps coming in….

Third, America talks about military options, but they are not going to start a war with us….

Fourth, America is losing ground in the region…..

Here for the explanation on the above….

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North Korea’s Kim ‘blinks’ again……

After a continuing pissing match between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and Donald Trump?

The North Korea leader has blinked for the second time….

He started off by saying he could strike at America….

After Trump and media reported this and acknowledged that the North Korea’s where test launching intercontinental  ballistic missiles….

Trump countered with threats to go after North Korea….

Knowledgable sources pointed out such a move by the US would result in MASS casualties for North and South Korea and would result in large America combat deaths also…

Trump , in his normal dealings with issue ‘s escalated HIS threats…

That while the US was quietly talking to China and yes…The North Korean’s…..(US military leaders at first played down a war action..but with Trump beating HIS chest and Kim’s first blink?…They joined the threat thing)

The North Korea’s blinked the first time by switching their target to Guam…..

Now the North Korea leader has said he’ll wait on there why his people put together ‘plans’….

North Korea appeared on Tuesday to pause its threat to launch ballistic missiles toward Guam, saying it would wait to assess “the foolish and stupid conduct” of the United States before carrying the launchings out.

The statement came as the United States and South Korea were preparing to conduct joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula and surrounding waters starting on Monday, despite North Korea’s vehement opposition to such drills.

In response to threats from President Trump, North Korea’s military announced last week that by mid-August, it would submit a plan to Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader, for launching four ballistic missiles into waters around Guam, the United States territory that is home to American military bases.

On Monday, Mr. Kim reviewed the plan while visiting the command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army but said he would wait a bit before telling the military to proceed with the missile launchings, the state news media reported on Tuesday.

“He said that the U.S. imperialists caught the noose around their necks due to their reckless military confrontation racket, adding that they would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” said the report from the Korean Central News Agency…

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Donald Trump is at it AGAIN…Open Thread for August 11, 2017…

This time it’s the North Korea’s…

If ya haven’t noticed by now?

This is TYPICAL Trump….

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With the Media breathlessly reporting EVERY utterance…..(which scares most people, but gets eaten up by his base)

Donald Trump is on center stage throwing haymakers at SOMEBODY….

During the campaign last year it was his adopted parties other candidates…and few judges…

Then it was Hillary Clinton…

Then it was the FBI Director which he fired….

Recently it ‘s been his own Republicans…

Briefed that the North Korea’s won’t actually fire anything AT America and now say they’ll think about Guam?

Trump has the green light to beat his chest and be that guy that gets in your face knowing that he’s got his posse standing behind him and there isn’t gonna be a fight….

Update….

Turns out that the US and North Korea HAVE BEEN talking for months…

Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the long-time foes, The Associated Press has learned.

It had been known the two sides had discussions to secure the June release of an American university student. But it wasn’t known until now that the contacts have continued, or that they have broached matters other than U.S. detainees.

People familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile advances, which are now fueling fears of military confrontation. But they say the behind-the-scenes discussions could still be a foundation for more serious negotiation…

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In addition?

The US and Allies will hold annual military drills with the South Korea military that the North Korea’s have always been uncomfortable with….

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Is Trump helping the North Korea leader get stronger?…

The more he challenges North Korea Leader  Kim Jong Un?

The MORE he help’s the guy back home domestically….

At least that’s what one Korean expert says at Politico….

Over the past 72 hours, a teetering uncertainty has loomed over the ongoing crisis in North Korea. There’s been a dizzying array of news: military exercises, intelligence reports that the nation now has the ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and fit it onto a missile, President Donald Trump’s promise of “fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before” if North Korea continues with its current path, and, hours later, a North Korean response announcing plans for a missile strike near the U.S. territory of Guam.

But what actually changed this week? Not much, says Lisa Collins, an expert on North Korea and fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Collins says that what we’re seeing is very serious, but also unlikely to lead to a war anytime soon. And, she cautions, if you understand North Korea’s point of view, you’ll see why Trump’s comments might be just what North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was looking for.

POLITICO Magazine: What is the practical impact of Trump’s “fire and fury” comments on the North Korea crisis?

Lisa Collins: The rhetoric has been heightened, but I don’t think that it changes the actual reality of the North Korean threat. North Korea is used to giving and relaying this kind of rhetoric, and North Korea is very used to these responses.

Threatening war or military action against North Korea … works more towards the advantage of North Korea, not our advantage. After all, it’s a totalitarian regime—it uses threats from the U.S. to consolidate control within the country. It represses its people. The more that North Korea can create the perception of an outside threat, the more it can control the internal domestic situation. That gives the regime more power internally, which it can use externally.

POLITICO Mag: So far, has North Korea’s response to the U.S. been different than in past crises?

Collins: The threat that North Korea made about shooting missiles at Guam, I don’t think it’s very different qualitatively than other statements it has made. It frequently threatens to make Seoul into a “sea of fire”—that means shooting missiles or artillery at Seoul. It also routinely releases videos showing North Korean missiles aimed at Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Capitol building.

POLITICO Mag: How seriously should we take North Korea’s ability to cause damage?

Collins: The North Korean threat is very real. I don’t think we should take it as a joke. The North Koreans are very focused on their goal, which is technology. But I don’t think we’re going to go to war tomorrow. The tensions are high, but I don’t think it’s spiraling out of control. The United States and South Korea are determined to contain the threat, and are working hard within the bounds of their alliance to do so….

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South Korean’s keep on….

They  live with the North Korea threats and provocations daily…..

And the threat is now against Guam?

In South Korea, a close U.S. ally whose capital city risks bearing the brunt of any armed confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang, the most striking reaction on Wednesday to the latest escalation of nuclear threats was the general lack of public alarm.

Seoul’s ubiquitous coffee shops are full of teenagers fiddling with their smartphones. Tourists swarm the city’s palace grounds, museums and barbecue restaurants. All over the streets, hand-held electric fans have become a must-have item to beat the August heat.

“I didn’t see the news about Guam,” said Mr. Song, while browsing at a stationery store in downtown Seoul. “Where’s Guam located?”…..

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North Korea show’s new missile’s…But does NOT do nuke bomb test…

With the US and China warning the North Korea’s to hold up….

They do their annual military parade for their young leader…..

But only show transport’s with casing’s for supposedly new intercontinental ballistic missile that could conceivably reach the American West Coast…

But there was NO additional testing of a nuclear device as was thought to be coming….

We’ll see how this plays out…

Both countries need to back down….

As the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, watched from a platform, long columns of goose-stepping soldiers, accompanied by a fleet of tanks, missiles and rocket tubes, marched through a large plaza in the capital, Pyongyang, that was named after Mr. Kim’s grandfather Kim Il-sung, the country’s founding president.

Saturday was the 105th anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s birth and the North’s most important holiday, called the Day of the Sun. The United States, China and other regional powers had feared that North Korea might mark the occasion by conducting its sixth nuclear test or by launching an intercontinental ballistic missile. The United States sent a naval strike group to the area in a show of force.

But no seismic tremor emanated on Saturday morning from the North’s nuclear test site, where recent satellite photographs have shown what appeared to be preparations for an underground detonation….

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