Events in recent days have given everybody in the world cause for concern. First it was revealed that renegade state North Korea how has nuclear capability to attack American intherests in the Pacific and possible even targets on the US mainland. Then the war of words between the North Koreans and Washington took a nasty turn, opened up the throttle and seemed to be hurtling towards all out war.
Surely this could not be happening, we thought. Had Trump, who during his capaign said he wanted to normalise relations with the eastern block rather than continue along the route to nuclear destruction mapped out by the administrations of Barack Obama and George W Bush been completely outmanoeuvred by the Washington hawks and the Military / Industrial complex lobby? In a word, YES.
While Donald Trump is learning how foolish it was to promise he would 'drain the swamp' without having tested how deep the swamp is (our sources say it's bottomless,) it looks like business as usual for the perpetual war party.
Fortunately Russia and China, still subtly waging their currency war against the US dollar have stepped up as they did when Obama was collaborating with ISIS terrorists in his desperation to remove the Assad regime in Syria:
from Zero Hedge
In a glimmer of hope that a military conclusion to the North Korean crisis may yet be averted, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that "Russia does not accept a North Korea that possesses nuclear weapons", cautioned that there is an "overwhelming amount of over-the-top belligerent rhetoric on North Korea’s nuclear and rocket programs from Washington and Pyongyang", but most importantly said that there is a joint Russian-Chinese plan to defuse the North Korean crisis, according to which North Korea would freeze its missile tests, while the US and South Korea would stop large scale exercises.
"Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes 'double freezing': Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North’s tests."
It was not clear if Russia or China, had floated this plan with the US or S. Korea prior; the most likely answer is no.
Hoping that "common sense will ultimately prevail", Lavrov said that North Korea had once signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but then withdrew from it. The result is a nuclear-armed N.Korea which Russia refuses to accept: "Now North Korea claims that it has legal rights to make nuclear weapons and has already done so,” he said. “But you know our position: we don’t accept the fact that North Korea could possess nuclear weapons."
He added that both Russia and China have a “range of proposals” aimed at preventing what could become “one of the deepest conflicts” and a “crisis with a big number of casualties.”
Still, Lavrov said that Moscow is worried about Washington's remarks on a preemptive strike on North Korea, and said that Russia is doing its best to prevent this from happening. READ FULL ARTICLE >>>
The Chinese government today dimissed President Donald Trump’s demands that Beijing do more to rein in its neighbour North Korea, a small, poor country which has been threatening to wage nuclear war (Gangam style) on the USA. Following Trump's threat that if the North Korean leader Fat Boy Kim continued to talk of attacking US targets Beijing, through state-owned media, warned the US president that it would intervene militarily on North Korea’s behalf if the US and South Korea launch a preemptive strike to overthrow the North Korean regime, (regime change - usually with disastrous results - being the speciality of Washington's foreign policy makers,) according to a statement in the influential state-run newspaper Global Times.
"If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so," it said.
At the same time, the Chinese regime spelled out that its preferred outcome in this crisis would be a continuation of the status quo, warning Kim Jong Un that it would "remain neutral if North Korea were to strike first." The article, cited by Reuters, reiterated calls for a diplomatic solution. However, the possibility of talks between the two sides was looking increasingly remote as both Trump and Kim continued to exchange threats of nuclear annihilation, with Trump clarifying Thursday that his earlier promise to respond with "fire and fury" should the North continue to threaten the US may not have gone far enough.
It seems that after six months in the job, President Trump has not yet learned in foreign policy he cannot just point a short, slender finger at unruly leaders and say, "You're fired."
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