Monday, 28 May 2018

North Korea eased its rhetoric






Syed Nasir Ershad

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to take a step back from the brink of nuclear war Tuesday, when state media reported that he would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees. But, as is often the case with North Korea, the message was mixed: Kim was inspecting the missile unit tasked with preparing to strike near Guam, and photos released by state media showed a large satellite image of Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on the screen beside the leader. The U.S. should stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK and unilateral demands and not provoke it any longer, the North Korean leader told his missile unit. If the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, North Korea would make an important decision as it already declared, Kim said.A decision was due this week, a week during which the Kim regime is celebrating the ruling family with huge propaganda displays in North Korea.
Kim praised the KPA Strategic Force for drawing up a close and careful plan and examined the firing preparations for power demonstration. He said that he wanted to advise the U.S., which is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula into the touch-and-go situation to take into full account gains and losses with clear head whether the prevailing situation is more unfavorable for any party. This came just hours after the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told South Korean leaders Monday that the United States was ready to use the full range of its military capabilities to deal with North Korea. But Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., speaking in Seoul, just 30 miles south of the border with North Korea, stressed that diplomacy and sanctions were the first plan of attack. The military dimension today is directly in support of that diplomatic and economic effort, Dunford told reporters after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul. It would be a horrible thing were a war to be conducted here on the peninsula, and that’s why they should be focused on coming up with a peaceful way ahead. Nobody should be looking for war, but the military’s job was to provide viable military options in the event that deterrence fails. The US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday afternoon in Washington that it will be game on with North Korea if it hits the United States, including Guam, but he left it much more ambiguous what will happen if Pyongyang decides to shoot missiles near Guam, without attempting to hit the U.S. island territory. That becomes an issue to take up however the president (Trump) chooses, Mattis said. But he emphasized on consultation with their allies before taking any hardline decisions. Mattis added that he needs a certain amount of ambiguity on this, because he was not going to tell [Kim] what he was going to do in each case.

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