Trump Pressures China: Restrain N. Korea or U.S. Will Take Unilateral Action
April 3, 2017 by Warren Mass
Speaking to the Financial Times in an interview published on April 2, President Trump said he will discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons program with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shown on right) when the two meet at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on April 6 and 7. The summit will be the first meeting between the two world leaders.
“China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won’t,” Trump told the Times. “If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.”
CNN, in an April 3 report that observed the Trump administration’s repeated expressions of concern over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, noted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited China last month, and met for two hours with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The primary purpose of that visit, reported CNN, was to seek China’s help in mitigating the North Korean threat. Prior to that visit, speaking in Seoul on March 17 at a joint press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Tillerson said that the United States would consider military action against North Korea if it was provoked.
“Certainly, we do not want things to get to a military conflict … but obviously, if North Korea takes actions that threatens the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response,” Tillerson said.
CNN cited a statement from the Beijing government that quoted China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi, about Xi’s upcoming visit to the United States. Yang said the meeting was of “utmost importance in China-U.S. relations” and was important for “promoting peace, stability and prosperity… for the whole world.”
The Financial Times reported that during the Oval Office interview with FT, Trump made very clear that he would deal with North Korea with or without China’s help. When asked if he would consider a “grand bargain” — where China would pressure Pyongyang to stop its nuclear weapons program in exchange for a guarantee that the United States would later remove troops from the Korean peninsula, Trump simply said: “Well if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.”
Trump said it was “totally” possible for the United States to deal with North Korea without China’s intervention. When FT asked if that meant dealing with Pyongyang one on one, he said: “I don’t have to say any more. Totally.”
FT also reported that month, Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister, made appeals to both North Korea and the United States, urging Pyongyang to halt its missile and nuclear programs, and also urging the United States to stop military exercises that anger the North Koreans. “The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming towards each other with neither side willing to give way. The question is, are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision?” Wang said.
The military exercises Wang referred to are a U.S.-South Korean exercise, known as Foal Eagle, which has been conducted since 1997. A report produced by GlobalSecurity.org notes: “FOAL EAGLE is a purely defensive exercise which tests the ability of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to defend itself, assisted by U.S. armed forces.” The Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (established by the Korean Armistice Agreement signed July 27, 1953) monitors the exercise to ensure that there are no violations of the Korean Armistice Agreement.
We noted in our article of March 14 that North Korea has often issued strongly worded statements in response to the Foal Eagle exercise.
In a previous article published in 2013 article, we cited observations about the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula made by Van Hipp, former deputy assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army, and chairman of American Defense International, Inc., in an opinion piece published by Fox News, “What to expect from an erratic North Korea.” After listing half a dozen potential threats presented by the communist regime in Pyongyang, including nuclear weapons tests, Hipp wrote: “The North Korean threat is the greatest nuclear weapons challenge to the United States since the Cold War.”
In that article, we wrote that while Hipp may well be correct in this assessment, U.S. response to the threat is often subjugated to official United Nations direction, in the form of UN resolutions.
We continued by reminding our readers that the present state of the Korean peninsula, divided into a tyrannical communist regime in the North and a free nation in the South, came about as a result of a UN-directed “police action” that has never officially ended.
A report in the Daily Caller on April 3 quoted statements made by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on ABC’s This Week program related to U.S. attempts to pressure China into using their influence to rein in North Korea’s rogue state actions.
The United States will “no longer take the excuses from China that they’re concerned too. They need to show us how concerned they are. They need to put pressure on North Korea. The only country that can stop North Korea is China,” Haley said.
“You’re going to see President Trump meet with President Xi and a lot of conversation, and the most important conversation will be how we’re going to be dealing with the nonproliferation of North Korea,” our UN ambassador explained.
The Daily Caller also quoted previous statements that Haley made on March 30.
“I have no patience for it, and it is not helping anyone. This administration has no patience for it,” she said. “Look, can we change the way North Korea thinks? No. They’re not going to cave. China can, and that’s the part we want to look at.”
“I know China says they’re worried about North Korea. I know China wants to see North Korea stop with the testing. Prove it. Prove it,” Haley added.
Perhaps the most encouraging thing about Haley’s statements (especially considering her position as our ambassador to the UN) is that she did not propose that the United States seek further UN sanctions as a solution to North Korea’s nuclear program. Such sanctions are not only ineffective, but, in the past, our presidents have cited violations of them as a pretext for U.S. military intervention overseas. Former President George W. Bush addressed the UN General Assembly on September 12, 2002 to outline the complaints of the U.S. government against the Iraqi government. Bush stated on March 6, 2003, that he believed that Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein, was not complying with UN Resolution 1441.
Whenever a U.S. president uses a UN resolution to justify military intervention overseas, instead of asking Congress for a declaration of war (if war is indeed justified) they are wrong on two counts: First, they are usurping the mandate given to Congress by the Constitution to be responsible for declaring war. And, secondly they are ceding control of U.S. foreign policy to the UN, thereby surrendering U.S. sovereignty and setting the stage for U.S. involvement in no-win, UN-directed wars such as those that involved us in the Korean Peninsula in the first place.
However, the U.S. attempt to have China take a role in our foreign policy is also disturbing. While China, as the world’s largest communist nation, unquestionably has much influence over its smaller surrogate in Pyongyang, it is also risky to trust them to do what is in our best interests. We would be better off if China refused our demands and forced us to deal with North Korea directly, as Trump has threatened to do. Just as it is bad foreign policy to form entangling alliances, it is also bad foreign policy to cultivate entangling “enemies of our enemies.” Our nation will always be better off if we are beholden to no other foreign power or international organization.
Photos of Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: AP Images
HIGH-PROFILE N. KOREAN DEFECTOR: KIM JONG-UN WILLING TO STRIKE U.S. WITH NUCLEAR-TIPPED ICBM
Fmr. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says, ‘All options are on the table when it comes to North Korea’
April 3, 2017
High-profile senior North Korean defector Thae Yong-ho told NBC’s Nightly News Sunday just how “desperate” Kim Jong-un has become to retain his power in his secretive imperious regime.
Yong-ho maintains the N. Korean dictator is highly unstable and is relying on the development of nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to establish N. Korea as a nuclear power.
“Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM,” the defector said.
Yong-ho, who served as N. Korea’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Kingdom before his defection, told NBC’s Lester Holt he hopes his defection will encourage future defections from Jong-Un’s regime, and his work will “encourage the world to do something for North Korean people.”
Later this week President Trump is set to put China on notice over N. Korea’s nuclear development plan, but analysts say China plays a big role in helping to impose sanctions on N. Korea and will be instrumental in the diplomatic process.
Although President Trump feels he can impose sanctions against N. Korea with or without the Chinese, it would obviously be nice to have the added leverage.
Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter told ABC Sunday he thinks it would be “worthwhile to put pressure on China to play this role it’s unwilling to play.”
Carter said the superpower may respond because China ultimately fears the short-run “collapse of North Korea.”
And if that doesn’t work, a preemptive U.S. nuclear strike on N. Korea may be in the cards. However, war-gamers fear such a strike may be met with N. Korea’s invasion of South Korea.
“If it comes to the necessity to protect ourselves, we’ve always had all options on the table. I wouldn’t take any off,” Carter said.
Source: North Korean Defector Tells Lester Holt ‘World Should be Ready’ — NBC News
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Experts: A Single Nuclear Warhead Delivered By North Korean Satellite Could Blackout National Electric Grid And Kill 90% Of Americans
31 Mar 2017 by Jeremiah Johnson
For those who are skeptical about North Korea’s capabilities, there is an excellent article presented by The Hill, entitled How North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans.” The article is authored by none other than R. James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, the Executive Director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security and a former analyst with the CIA.
Although the President is moving forward with his agenda, he has hit a “stall” in these first two months just on repealing Obamacare: The Republican Party has been the stall, refusing to give him the necessary votes and impetus to overcome it. As mentioned in previous articles, it will take the President at least 6 months before his actions and effectiveness can be assessed. Six months is a long time. In the meantime, the U.S. continues to emplace measures such as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense) being deployed to South Korea.
China and Russia view it as an aggressive measure and a threat rather than a defensive strategy to protect South Korea and Japan. This is partially correct. The important thing to consider here is that North Koreans and their leader are starting to become more irate regarding the deployment of THAAD, the ongoing military exercises of U.S. and South Korean troops in the latter’s nation, and the demand by Japan for a first strike initiative to occur.
Here are some excerpts from the article that readers should keep in mind:
“The mainstream media, and some officials who should know better, continue to allege North Korea does not yet have capability to deliver on its repeated threats to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons. False reassurance is given to the American people that North Korea has not “demonstrated” that it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead small enough for missile delivery, or build a reentry vehicle for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of penetrating the atmosphere to blast a U.S. city.
Yet any nation that has built nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, as North Korea has done, can easily overcome the relatively much simpler technological challenge of warhead miniaturization and reentry vehicle design.”
These two paragraphs clearly state that North Korea can miniaturize a warhead. Once again, the naysayers will only be satisfied that they “can” when either an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapon and/or a nuclear warhead is delivered with either complete loss of power in the U.S. and/or the loss of an American city. When such occurs, the naysayers will then say nothing.
The objective is not to be “right” in this debate, but to be aware…to foster such awareness and help others to make whatever preparations they can before such occurs. Here is another declaration by this article…a deep one:
“The notion that North Korea is testing A-Bombs and H-Bomb components, but does not yet have the sophistication to miniaturize warheads and make reentry vehicles for missile delivery is absurd.”
The threat could not be made any clearer than that. The article goes on to describe assessments made in February and March of 2015 by former senior national security officials who warned this:
“…North Korea should be regarded as capable of delivering by satellite a small nuclear warhead, specially designed to make a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the United States.”
In April Admiral William Gortney, former Commander of North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) warned at a press conference that the KN-08 mobile ICBM missile system of North Korea could strike the United States with a nuclear warhead.
Exactly six months later, Gortney declared (based on intelligence analyses) that North Korea has nuclear weapons, the capability to miniaturize them, and is capable of placing them on a missile that can reach the continental United States. This last excerpt of the article is very important due to the gravity of the current situation (the article was written today), the warning it gives, and the denouncement of the MSM (mainstream media) for obfuscating the facts on the matter and “underreporting” an issue of this magnitude:
“According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year – killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse. Two North Korean satellites, the KMS-3 and KMS-4, presently orbit over the U.S. on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP attack.
Why do the press and public officials ignore or under-report these facts? Perhaps no administration wants to acknowledge that North Korea is an existential threat on their watch. Whatever the motives for obfuscating the North Korean nuclear threat, the need to protect the American people is immediate and urgent…”
These men are experts in the field. Why is the United States (as a whole) being so lackadaisical when it comes to such a problem? As I have written in the past, it is my fervent wish that it never comes to pass…because the death of millions is not a “fair tradeoff” just to be able to be “right” or “correct” in a point of view. For me personally, it is not about that. It is about paying attention to men who make it their full-time business to be aware of the true threat that the MSM does not report, and reporting it here. In this manner, you may be able to give yourself a small edge to make it by being aware and taking any precautions you can take with your family. It is better to be aware, prepared, and have nothing happen than to wake up one morning and find an American city has been nuked and an EMP has rendered us without power. Let us hope that doesn’t ever happen.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.
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