Corbyn: UK should stay out of any military action against North Korea

Lester Mason
August 15, 2017

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has received a report from his army on its plans to strike the area around Guam and says he will watch the actions of the USA for a while longer before making a decision, the North's official news agency says.

The Labour leader's intervention comes after China's President warned the USA and North Korea not to exacerbate tensions after Mr Trump said Kim would "truly regret" military action.

The paper said, "The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the USA wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack".

The last few days have been tense for the markets after the war of words between President Trump and the North Korean regime.

This week it was revealed that North Korea now is capable of affixing small nuclear warheads to the missiles that it launches to points unknown.

The call came after Trump made fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning Kim that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies.

Maybe the American and North Korean leaders are just two playground bullies yelling at each other, but even in their more grown-up advisers it sets up the the train of thought best described by strategic theorist Thomas Schelling: "He thinks we think he'll attack; so he thinks we shall; so he will, so we must". So said General "Buck" Turgidson, urging the USA president to carry out a nuclear first strike, in Stanley Kubrick's 1963 film "Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb".

Kim "examined the plan for a long time" and "discussed it" with commanding officers on Monday during his inspection of the command of the Strategic Force in charge of the North's missile units, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Trump stated earlier this week that any actions by North Korea against Guam, the United States or America's allies, would result in "fire and fury" [VIDEO] unmatched by anything ever seen in the world previously.


August 8: Trump begins his slew of Twitter warning to North Korea, first tweeting: 'After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. In contrast, the USA has an vast arsenal that despite many reductions still is capable of destroying the world.

South Korea and Japan are accustomed to the North's frequent threats to attack.

If the polls have it right, Trump is finally beginning to lose support, measurably among independents and regular Republicans and even among some of his more fanatical followers - the whackos he likes to say would kiss his ring even if he shot some bloke on Fifth Avenue. Yet the US Defense Intelligence Agency already assesses that "North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles" and may be "in possession of enough fissile material for 60 nuclear weapons", with capacity to add 12 nuclear weapons per year to this deadly arsenal.

The Hwasong-14 missile test reportedly flew some 2,300 miles into the sky, for a total flight time of about 47 minutes. That is in response to the "fire and fury" that Donald Trump said he would unleash on Pyongyang for its endless nuclear threats against the world's only remaining superpower.

North Korea wants regime security and national power for its propaganda machines to celebrate.

Abe said he and Trump "agreed in our recognition that preventing North Korea from launching its missiles is the most important thing". Chinese entities are, in one way or another, involved with roughly 90% of North Korean trade.

"Guam is more than a military base".

The defence ministry deployed the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi in western Japan, which North Korea had warned could be along its missiles' flight path, public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News said. -South Korean military exercises that enrage the North each year makes it unclear, however, if diplomacy will prevail. This month's unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution sparked by the successful missile tests will notably increase economic strains on North Korea. North Korea has always denied any wrongdoing. Just like Russian Federation and China are deterred from attacking the United States despite differences.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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