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Two Koreas Form Single Ice Hockey Team for the Winter Olympics…

The two countries have had limited direct talks excluding America….

The two Koreas announced on Jan. 17 plans to march jointly under one flag when the games starting Feb. 9 in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang. In addition to the hockey team, the two countries will conduct some activities in North Korea, including a joint cultural event at Mount Geumgang and training for skiers from both countries at the Masikryong ski resort on the east coast.

It will be the first time the two Koreas have marched together during the opening ceremony of an international sporting event since 2007, and the ninth time overall, according to South Korea. The two Koreas haven’t competed under a single banner since 1991.

While the detente was praised by officials at the United Nations and breaks months of brinkmanship over Kim’s nuclear program, tensions remain. On Wednesday, just as the two countries were announcing the Olympics agreement, a North Korean state-run newspaper also called on South Korea to stop its military drills with the U.S….

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Sec of State Tillerson appears to be back in trouble with his boss…

Tillerson appears to be back in trouble with his boss for trying to actually make nice with his employee’s and suggesting that the US wants talks with North Korea….

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed focused this week on rebooting his image as a beleaguered Cabinet member on the outs with his boss and his own employees — holding a rare town hall with employees, promising foreign trips into 2018 and saying he is “learning” to enjoy his job.

But then he went off script by offering another invitation for diplomatic talks with nuclear-armed North Korea, putting him at odds once again with President Trump and senior White House officials, who are increasingly exasperated with the secretary of state and say he cannot remain in his job for the long term.

The episode highlights the deep distrust between the White House and Tillerson and suggests how difficult it will be for the relationship to continue….

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I could be wrong….
But this sure soulds like the WH line is to follow Trump’s yelling at the problem and they’ll come around…
Except THAT hasn’t worked…
Sen Linsey Graham is out talking about a 30% chance of a military engagement and a 70% chance of the N Korea’s fire another missile ….

Folks?
The North Korean’s ARE gonna fire ANOTHER missile…
They are gonna keep testing the nukes they have….

And Mattis , Tillerson and McMasters are gonna keep on trying to keep Donald Trump their boss from ordering a ‘military solution’ that COULD start WW III and cost North Korea, American soldiers and South Korea lives….

Can’t blame Tillerson for trying to talk this country out of a box Donald Trump and his supporters seem to NOT understand they are in…

The WH political knives appear to be out for the guy….

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Trump will put North Korea back on the list of countries sponsoring terror…

This just out…..

It seems to be Trump’s intent of increasingly squeezing North Korea to try to get the country to come to the bargining table….

THAT has shown no success publicly so far…

President Donald Trump says he intends to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

Trump said Monday that the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S. ‘‘maximum pressure campaign’’ against the North.

The move returns North Korea to the list of countries the U.S. views as state sponsors of terror for the first time since 2008. That’s when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development.

U.S. officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport this year as an act of terrorism.

North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror…..

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Trump may order the Air Force to put nukes back on 24 hour standby…

In a concession to their boss, who wanted MORE nukes?

The Air Forece is getting ready for an expected order from Trump to go back the ‘stand ready’ concept of nuclear response thatbhasn’t been used since the end of the Cold War….

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B-52’s , the American Bomber Aircraft part of this countries ability to strike back if attcaked will be put on active ‘ready’ status….

This means that nuclera weapons will be handeled more, increasing cahnces of a accident in their handling, it also means that the aged bimbers will be taxed more by more usage, and it means more money spent by the US Strategic  Command….

The move is backwards….(And aimed at the North Korean’s?)

But…

Donald Trump would get a chance to flex…

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.

“This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other U.S. Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”

Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come. That decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of U.S. Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the military’s nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North America….

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Trump disses his generals….

In a story NOT widely reported, but talked about by John King on CNN this afternoon?

Donald Trump scolds his cadre of retired general’s who form his national security team for NOT giving him ‘timely’ military options to problems….

Huh?

As far as this Dog can see?

There are NOT military options to be given in the two biggest hot spots today….North Korea and Iran….

The generals under Sec of Defense Mattis have had to go around calming people down from thinking that a military option is the solution to diplomatic problems….

Despite Trump (or whoever wanted to throw down against Mattis) whose last job was selling Real Estate ….. things should stay exactly the way they have been…

Trump can go play golf while the professionals handle the problems…

President Trump told senior military leaders Thursday night that he wants them to give him military options “at a much faster pace” when national-security emergencies erupt around the world.

“I know that government bureaucracy is slow, but I am depending on you to overcome the obstacles of bureaucracy,” Mr. Trump said at a White House meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and others.

The president, gesturing to the military chiefs around a table, told reporters, “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”

He didn’t elaborate.

Their agenda included denuclearizing North Korea, putting an end to Iran’s “continued aggression and nuclear ambitions,” and ridding the world of terrorism “as much as it can be done,” Mr. Trump said…..

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North Korea does NOT have the ability to attack America…

So CNN is leading its 6:00 pm newscast with breathless coverage of the North Korean threat to erase the US?

Wait?

This is small country that does NOT,at this time, have a rocket that can reach North America
When they do have ONE?
They don’t a functioning weapon….

While North Korea did explode a nuclear weapon underground, and it has this summer tested what experts believe are ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, it hasn’t shown it can put the two together in a system that works.
“A successful test means they can build a weapon, not that they have any ready for immediate use,” said Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center….

Yet the talking heads on CNN are acting like little old North Korea has a whole ARSENAL of missiles with warheads NOW….

Seriously?
The media needs to stop  doing this shit to the American public….

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….

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…

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…..

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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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Trump Admin moves to review China’s trade practices….

I guess they don’t want China’s help with North Korea, eh?

This is probably Trump trying to leverage the Chinese into leaning on the North Korea’s….

A counter is that China HAS been aggressively trying to lock American companies out of their markets….China IS moving to step ahead of America’s leadership in world trade as Trump looks to try wring more money for American companies ….

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China is America’s BIGGEST trade partner….We import almost FOUR time as much as  we export…..American’s like and buy a LOT of Chinese made products  at lower prices than they could be made in America….Trump has said he wants American manufactures to increase their market…But since Trump has gotten into office?…More American companies are moving their manufacturing operations OUT of America….

Chinese interests also have over a Trillion dollar is loans TO American interests ….That is slightly more than 25% of America’s total indebtedness….

The Trump Admin needs to be VERY careful in it’s dealings with China….

The move, which could come in the next several days, signals a shift by the administration away from its emphasis on greater cooperation between Washington and Beijing, in part because administration officials have become frustrated by China’s reluctance to confront North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The investigation will focus on alleged Chinese violations of American intellectual property, according to three people with a detailed knowledge of the administration’s plans. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations were not yet public.

Any move by the Trump administration to punish China over its trade practices would raise tensions within the world’s largest trade relationship between two countries. China’s export sector still contributes heavily to its economy growth despite Beijing’s efforts to diversify its economy, and China represents a lucrative market for American automakers, technology companies like Apple, farmers and many others….

Still, China’s industrial ambitions — and growing frustration among American companies doing business there — have become harder for United States officials to ignore.

China’s policy to become a leading manufacturer by 2025 in the fields of driverless cars, medical devices, semiconductors, artificial intelligence, robotics and many other technologies has caught the attention of officials in President Trump’s administration. The policy, known as Made in China 2025, sets goals for China to be a global leader in 10 fields of industry with the help of huge infusions of state money and the protection of those industries from American competitors.

At the same time, the Chinese government has demanded that American companies cut the licensing fees that they charge for key patents and has insisted that companies set up joint ventures to do business in China.

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