The United Nations Security Counsel unanimously voted on August 5, 2017 to impose new sanctions on North Korea, which, according to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, would cut North Korean exports by one-third. Ambassador Haley said that,
“The resolution targets North Korea’s primary exports, including coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. The sanctions also target other revenue streams, such as banks and joint ventures with foreign companies.”
These new UN sanctions follow on the heels of the sanctions against North Korea contained in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Those sanctions included the continuation of previous sanctions that froze North Korean assets and revoked licenses for certain financial transactions. http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/04/politics/us-sanctions-russia-iran-north-korea/index.html
North Korea responded to the imposition of the new United Nations sanctions with vitriol, specifically threatening retaliation against the United States https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/world/asia/north-korea-responds-sanctions-united-states.html. According to the Korean Central News Agency, the Kim Jong-un regime said that it would,
“Make the U.S. pay dearly for all the heinous crime it commits against the state and people of this country.”
The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who was attending the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, The Philippines, praised the UN sanctions when they were announced. Secretary Tillerson refused a private meeting with North Korea’s Foreign Minister, Ri Yong-ho, who was also in attendance. The North Korean Foreign Minister reacted to the UN sanctions, saying,
“We will, under no circumstances, put the nukes and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table.”
The Washington Post has reported the successful miniaturization of one of North Korea’s 60 nuclear warheads, According to a leaked July 28, 2017 Defense Intelligence Agency assessment, the Kim Jong-un regime has now attained the ability to deliver a nuclear warhead by ICBM onto the United States mainland. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/08/north-korea-reportedly-makes-a-nuclear-weapon-that-can-fit-in-its-missiles.html Japan agrees with the assessment that North Korea might have attained the ability to tip a long range ICMB with a miniaturized nuclear payload.
It is curious indeed, that soon after the leaking of what obviously is a sensitive and probably top secret United States intelligence community product, the Twitterer In Chief made this public statement,
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States…They will be met with fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen.”
This disturbing warning issued by the man who now has his finger on the United States nuclear trigger, also come days after the public show by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who said on national television,
“I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don’t do it…I strongly agree with the president and condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks.”
Predictably, the North Koreans responded within hours to 45th*’s threat, issuing a statement through the KCNA, warning the Untied States, that,
“The KPA Strategic Force is now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in order to contain the U.S. major military bases on Guam including the Anderson Air Force Base.”
What is 45th* trying to do? Is he using the rapidly deteriorating situation with North Korea to distract away from the growing bad news centered around the apparently widening and rapidly escalating investigation by Russiagate Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller?
North Korea is one of the world’s most repressive, most corrupt, and poorest countries. Is it possible that the American Blusterer In Chief has developed some sort of symbiotic relationship with the North Korean dictator who is also trying to bolster national unity by a suffering people against a foreign adversary?
The North Korean regime has increased and accelerated the number of intercontinental ballistic missile tests since America’s New President has taken office. MSNBC reported today that there have been 15 such tests since February 12, 2017. The inexperienced and unstable North Korean dictator seems to be testing the resolve and response by 45th* who, according to at least one Asia expert, might be,
“Coming to the point of no return…the upshot could be diplomatic overtures or military action.”
It is possible that the New American President could be sending a message to China to do as he is punting, not knowing what to do, with no competent voices of reason around him able to whisper sensible responses into his ear. Unlike Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, did meet with his North Korean counterpart in Manilla, imploring Ri Yong-ho,
“To calmly react to measures to curb its exports and avoid more provocations.”
Consider the words used by the 45th* President of the Untied States. The threat directed to North Korea is that,
“They will be met with fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen.”
The United States attacked the city of Hiroshima, Japan, with a 15 kiloton atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. The city of Nagasaki, Japan was attacked on August 9, 1945, when the United States dropped a 21 kiloton atomic bomb. The hydrogen bombs in the US nuclear arsenal today are at least 80 times more powerful. In order to follow through on the threat to unleash fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen, 45th* would have to authorize a nuclear strike on North Korea.
This a dangerous game of nuclear chess being played by two spoiled, and possibly demented child-like leaders, that could quickly ratchet up to the point of no return. The adults in the United States government might soon be required to take the nuclear trigger out of the hands of our Novice In Chief. The removal of the unstable 45th* President of the United States through the means of the 25th Amendment, referred to by some as the Constitutional Coup or the Palace Coup, might soon be required. We do not recommend and do not desire Mike Pence as the 46th President of the United States. But, our country and the world, might not be able to sit idly by, while this potentially explosive game of chicken proceeds.