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Why Trump is stuck on dealing with North Korea….

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North Korea. Top trade export partners: China 83% India 3.5% Pakistan 1.5% Burkina Faso 1.2% Other 10.8%

In stark terms the trade numbers in the Bremmer tweet just above point to the problem the Trump Admin. has….

China is supplying NK with trade and income to make sure the NK’s stay in one piece and don’t flood across the border into their country…
This is THEIR natural interests…

The South Korean’s are so used to the tensions between them and the North that don’t get but so excited….
And they don’t want a military fight so close to home…

The above TWO things point to the reason why Trump is fronting trade restrictions against South Korea and China….
That might work with South Korea…But it won’t work with China which actually OWNS large chucks of real estate and other financial stuff in America…

A military strike at NK is possible but would be a mess and Trump’s general’s just want NO part of it even if they have join Trump in jaw boning….

The report is that sanctions against NK are NOWHERE near as strong as what was used to squeeze Iran…

Hurtful sanction’s probably would BE TROUBLE for Kim Jong-Un whose country is among thew poorest on the planet…
That would lead to movement of people to China….

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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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China urges Trump Admin to cool it against North Korea….

With a message from the Trump Admin that they are moving assets into place that could launch missile attacks against North Korea’s possible nuclear weapons facilities ….

And Soeul, South Korea being suspeptical to attack by Nortyh Korea and China, Japna and other nations being drawn into a military situation…

China is telling the US to calm down….

They also want North Korea to stop provoking the US ….

Trump has with his threats looked to China to handle the North Korea’s , threatening to go it alone againat them if China doesn’t do something…

China issued a stern warning Friday to both the United States and North Korea, urging them not to push their recriminations to a point of no return and allow war to break out on the Korean Peninsula.

In comments carried by China’s official Xinhua news agency, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said “storm clouds” were gathering, an apparent reference to North Korean preparations to conduct a new nuclear test and the United States’ deployment of a naval strike force to the waters off the peninsula. In addition, the U.S. military has been conducting large-scale exercises with South Korean forces, drills that the North considers provocative.

“The United States and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent,” Wang said at a news conference after meeting with visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Xinhua reported. “We urge all parties to refrain from inflammatory or threatening statements or deeds to prevent irreversible damage to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.”

Trump administration officials describe the situation as more dangerous than in the past, both because of the progress North Korea has made in its nuclear and missile programs and because of the hostility on both sides. But U.S. officials said no decision has been made about how to respond to any new test — nuclear or ballistic — by North Korea….

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Military Power has got this country into problems…Open Thread for April 13, 2017

I just saw something that I think is crazy and dangerous….

There are reports that the Trump Admin is ‘leaking’ threats to attack North Korea attempts to put together a nuclear ballistic missile test…

Yes …ATTACK , like the Israeli’s did back in the day in the Middle East…

I hope this isn’t a game of chicken…

North Korea is country that has a huge military…

Soeul, The main city in South Korea is only 30 miles from the DMZ, which has tens’s of thousands of US and South Korean soldiers….

A strong push by more than 100,000 communist troops is gonna be a problem…

Trump and the General’s have surely been emboldened by their Syrian and Afghanistan military actions…

But neither country is anywhere close to the ability of the North Korean military which is thought to have simple nuclear weapons and military in the millions…

I hope cooler heads prevail….

America does NOT need to go back to World War II fighting two military actions on both sides of the planet…

In a statement Thursday, North Korea issued a warning to the U.S. — should it take action — of a “merciless retaliatory strike.”

“By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the US is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war,” North Korea’s statement said.

South Korea foreign minister Yun Byung said U.S. officials have “repeatedly reaffirmed that” the U.S. “will closely discuss with South Korea its North Korea-related measures.”

“In fact, the U.S. is working to reassure us that it will not, just in case that we might hold such concerns.”

President Trump on Thursday tweeted that he has “great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea.”

“If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! USA,” the president tweeted….

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The NY Times has a detailed look at the on the ground action by the North Korea’s that has alarmed American Intelligence and military people...Here…

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Forget Worrying about Iran…North Korea is ALREADY testing Nukes…

Right before the Worlds eyes little  and poor North Korea IS developing  workable atomic bomb devices and is also developing the means to send those weapons anywhere in Asia and across the Pacific….

While America is looked to the East….

The most Dangerr may well be in the East….

North Korea conducted its fifth underground nuclear test on Friday, its government said, despite threats of more sanctions from the United States and the United Nations. The latest test, according to South Korean officials, produced a more powerful explosive yield than the North’s previous detonations, indicating that the country was making progress in its efforts to build a functional nuclear warhead.

The test confirmed the explosive power and other characteristics of a “nuclear warhead that has been standardized to be able to be mounted on” its ballistic missiles, the North’s nuclear weapons institute said in a statement on Friday.

The episode unfolded less than a day after President Obama concluded the final Asian tour of his presidency and highlighted the conundrums that the North Korean threat presents to the United States and China, which have often been at odds over how to respond to the bellicose acts of the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

In Washington, Ned Price, a National Security Council spokesman, said: “We are aware of seismic activity on the Korean Peninsula in the vicinity of a known North Korean nuclear test site. We are monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our regional partners.”

The nuclear test sets the stage for a new round of tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula and heightens anxieties elsewhere in Asia and beyond. For the past two decades, Washington has been struggling in vain to stop North Korea’s aggressive, anti-American leaders from arming the country with nuclear weapons.

Although it was long thought that North Korean nuclear and missile tests were intended as muscle flexing for both internal and external consumption, and as a way to exact concessions from the great powers, a growing number of experts and officials say that the North may be committed to assembling a nuclear arsenal that would include smaller weapons that could be mounted on short-range missiles.

Ms. Park said later on Friday that the latest test proved a “fanatical recklessness of the Kim Jong-un regime.”…

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