Trump has a vague plan, but North Korea has a specific one
Philadelphia Herald - Friday 11th August, 2017
North Korea responded to Trump’s vague threats with a specific plans to strike Guam
Trump warned North Korea that continued threats will be met with ‘fire and fury’
China blamed Washington for its constant hostile attitude towards North Korea
BEIJING, China - Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s warning to North Korea that continued threats against the United States would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he received a response from the Kim Jong Un-led regime.
The response from North Korea, was specific - its target, its plan and its modus operandi all revealed in its state-run Korean Central News Agency.
The KCNA issued a statement that said the North is “seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.”
While Trump drew a red line through its warning, hoping that his aggression, along with the additional sanctions imposed on North Korea would force the country to stop making threats and advancing its nuclear weapons program - North Korea crossed the red line within 24 hours.
The statement cited North Korea’s Strategic Rocket Forces head General Kim Rak Gyom as saying that the plan would be finished by mid-August before going to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for approval.
Describing Trump’s ultimatum as a “load of nonsense,” the general said, “Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him.”
The disclosure of the specific plan came a day after North Korea threatened Guam in vaguer terms.
The level of detail with which North Korea described the proposed strike has left many experts worried, who are now questioning Trump exact plan of dealing with the problem.
The statement not only pointed out the number of intermediate-range ballistic missiles that would be involved, but also that they could fly approximately 2,085 miles, detailing their exact flight path - traversing the three Japanese prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima, and Koichi and specifying that it would take about 20 minutes to strike.
The plan also specified the time period for the strike, as mid-August, suddenly making the threat so real and so near.
The nuclear nation also took care to specify that the end point of the missiles is not Guam itself, but the waters off its eastern coast - which is 18 to 25 miles off.
Hours after North Korea’s threat, the difference in opinion and strategy in dealing with the threat among Trump administration officials and the President himself became apparent.
His administration, at different points in the last six months, have broadcast completely different kinds of plans with regard to North Korea.
First seeking a regime change, then accepting the regime and seeking negotiations, threatening military action and then being done talking - landing at the ultimate threat of “fire and fury.”
While none of Trump’s threats have been concrete and specific - North Korea continues to make threats and more - testing ICBMs and developing its nuclear program.
Trump has said in his most recent statement that the American nuclear arsenal is “far stronger and more powerful than ever before” and that “hopefully we will never have to use this power.”
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has offered that North Korea does not pose an imminent threat to the U.S. and that Americans “should sleep well at night.”
Later, Defense Secretary James Mattis issued his own threat, warning Pyongyang that any further provocation would “be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”
In all this, China, that has been pressured by the new U.S. administration to rein its aggressive and volatile ally, said on Thursday that a large part of the blame goes to Washington for its consistently hostile attitude towards North Korea.
It said that the attitude has only encouraged the regime to invest in and accelerate its nuclear weapons program.
Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University of China in Beijing explained, “China is disappointed. China has just made a compromise, but the U.S. president is messing things up.”
Further, the state-run China Daily said that instead of “hurling threats,” the governments of the United States and North Korea should talk.
It wrote on Tuesday, “Over time, this mutual finger-pointing has pulled both into a spiral of escalating distrust and hostility, which is the biggest obstacle to resolving the crisis. The U.S. approach to the standoff has been counterproductive because it has simply escalated the threat from Pyongyang’s nuclear/missile programs.”
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