Friday, 24 November, 2017

Grim cost predicted in effort to destroy North Korea's nukes

Terry Branstad U.S. ambassador to China with his wife Chris speak with guests during an Iowa Sister States reception on Wednesday Sept. 20 2017 in Beijing China. Image by Kelsey Kremer. China 2017 Grim cost predicted in effort to destroy North Korea's nukes
Sherri Watson | 09 November, 2017, 03:56

"After so many rounds of talks ... the North Koreans don't trust the USA anymore, they don't trust their words and they regard the acquisition of the ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] delivery and a nuclear powerful arsenal as the only insurance policy", Leung told RT, adding that "not even China can change that." .

They also said the Trump administration 'has failed to articulate any plans to prevent the military conflict from expanding beyond the Korean Peninsula and to manage what happens after the conflict is over'.

"With that in mind, the thought of sending troops into harm's way and expending resources on another potentially unwinnable war is chilling", the members wrote.

US President Donald Trump will decide whether to re-designate North Korea as a "state sponsor of terrorism" at the end of his tour of Asia next week, the White House said on Wednesday.

North Korea has demonstrated it will soon have the capability to send a nuclear missile and destroy our cities.

Some worldwide broadcasting and entertainment does reach North Korea, but it's not enough, Thae said.

"The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer", Trump said in remarks directed at the North Korean dictator. They say it's actions not words that matter, pointing to three United States aircraft carriers and a submarine now off the coast of the Korean Peninsula. It was not pleasant for them, was it?' said Trump, who wore a leather bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.

By the 1990s, South Korea's wealth had surpassed that of the North by more than ten times, and today, he said, the South's economy was more than 40 times larger than its neighbor's.

'We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our freedom, ' Trump said. "This is a very different administration than the United State has had in the past", he said. He added that the U.S. leader does not want to openly "confront" Beijing. "Now, that said, he didn't point out an obvious off-ramp, as to how we get out of the circumstances that we're in".

Some 20,000 South Koreans would die every day in the event of a US-North Korean war, according to alleged calculations made by the Pentagon.

"A nonpartisan report by the Congressional Research Service indicates conflict on the peninsula could impact as many as 25 million people on either side of the border, including more than 100,000 US citizens".

The study details that the only way that the U.S. could locate and destroy with certainty all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons would be through a ground invasion. There's really only one thing the west wants from Kim and that's for him to abandon his nuclear weapons program. It involves reaching out to the general populace of North Korea in sympathy and supporting their internal unseating of Kim Jong Un - one individual.

Beijing has pleaded with both the United States and Pyongyang to 'realize that resorting to military force will never be a viable way to resolve the peninsula issue and their own concerns, adding that 'War on the peninsula will have no victor'.

China accounts for about 90% of North Korea's trade, a vital lifeline for North Korea's small and sealed-off economy.