Kissinger Says Chance For 'Pre-Emptive Attack Is Strong' On North Korea

Nuclear Posture Review

In written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Blair debunked a few misconceptions popular among the public and policymakers.

However, Robert Wood said that the USA did not have any new information that it could share with the press when asked the basis on which Washington has concluded that Kim's nuclear weapons program may be months away from having the capacity to strike the continental United States.

Despite a thaw in inter-Korean relations, the USA is seen as shifting to a tougher stance on North Korea by addressing the brutality of its leader Kim Jong-un - a provocative action that could enrage the communist state. Citing the USA and South Korea's joint war plan to reclaim the entire peninsula in the event of war, Blair wrote that North Korea would be wary of entering a war it knows it will lose. "I think in anybody's book, an attack on North Korea, a first attack, a preventative war attack, constitutes an act of war, which is contemplated under the Congressional authorities within our Constitution". Some nuclear experts have said the new US posture is destabilizing, and exaggerates the threat (especially from China). North Korean soldiers showed up and killed two of the U.S. Army officers with their own axes they had set aside while pruning the tree.

The North had initially asked that the art troupe be allowed to cross the border by foot via Panmunjom, located in the demilitarized zone where a North Korean soldier staged a daring defection to the South in November.

Trump, whose State of the Union address won plaudits from across the political spectrum, told the story of North Korean defector Ji Seong-Ho, who suffered starvation, torture, and the amputation of his legs as he tried to escape the communist state.

We are sounding the alarm over South Korea Ambassador vacancy; Warning of significant risk of preemptive strike against North Korea. "It will later in the future commit further and different provocations, but it will retreat in the near term", Blair wrote.

Even in the scenario that Kim Jong-un actually believed the Trump administration did not intend to implement regime change, as Van Jackson notes, his position as North Korean supreme leader would be untenable domestically if he did not respond with force.

What is Pyongyang going to do about it?

North Korea's nuclear tests have culminated in heavy sanctions against the Kim Jong Un regime, and South Korea has frequently called for an end to the tests and for North Korea denuclearization.

Kissinger recommends that the US work constructively to bring China and Russian Federation in agreement with how to deal with Jong-Un's North Korea. The Pentagon has also argued that the US must respond by developing similar weapons. He broadly described the USA strategy's approach to arm control as worrying, including its silence on whether the US wants to exercise an option in the New START treaty to extend its terms for five years.

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