Posted by: maboulette | April 22, 2017

Other Countries Are Losing Patience with North Korea

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Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea, just tried to launch a missile last Sunday. Another one. It failed. Will it be the last? Nope. Kim will not be deterred. Ever. He will just keep launching those missiles until he finally has a sure-fire rocket that he can strap a nuclear payload to and deliver it right to America’s front door.


“We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” said North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol to the BBC, adding that “all-out war” would occur if the U.S. took military action. He reiterated that North Korea will react with a “nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method.”


Basically, if the U.S. makes a move, Kim will go nuclear. This is probably why former President Barack Obama said to President Trump before leaving the White House that he thought North Korea would probably be his most difficult challenge. He was right on the money.

Jong-un tried to conduct a missile test on Sunday. It failed. Kim pretended nothing happened and went about celebrating the birthday of his now-deceased grandfather, who was the first in this line of dictators. There was music and dancing, and, of course, goose stepping by the military.


But it wasn’t hard to see how staged the whole thing was. The children went through motions they had probably rehearsed 20 times. Finally, they got to eat. The parade wasn’t like parades in most other parts of the world. Parades usually have floats and all kinds of performers and cotton candy. But Kim’s parade was essentially a long line of trucks — trucks with missiles.
We haven’t heard anything more from Kim yet. He’s probably still busy pretending the last launch didn’t fail. But, we will likely hear from him soon with another missile launch.


Now the world waits — and wonders what the next move will be. It seems there is a consensus from all the countries in North Korea’s sphere that everyone is done trying to get Kim’s nukes through diplomatic channels and sanctions. He, his Dad and Grandfather played four U.S. presidents for more than 20 years. And they’ve all kicked the can down the road. They refer to it as “strategic patience.”


But, President Trump doesn’t want to play strategic patience anymore. He made it very clear via his Vice President, Mike Pence, who just happened to be landing in Seoul, South Korea, just as the missile was failing. While he was there, Pence visited the DMZ (demilitarized zone), which separates North and South Korea. Later in a speech, Pence said that the “era of strategic patience is over.” Full stop. He also reassured the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the U.S. plans to work closely with the Asian allies to achieve “a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”


While it seems the only options with North Korea at this point are existential, there are some other ways we might be able to disarm him. One method there seems to have been some success with has been in the cyber warfare arena. In fact, it’s possible that the failure to launch on Sunday could have been as a result of our hacking. The U.S. military is developing a number of cyber tactics to use to degrade North Korea’s missile capabilities

“There is a very strong belief that the US — through cyber methods — has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail,” former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind told the BBC.

There are still some who believe that there can be more diplomacy here, even though it’s had little impact thus far. But the U.S. and its allies, including China, have been and will continue to work on a range of other responses to the latest missile test.


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