Wacko Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has issued a scary threat that North Korea will smash the US to “smithereens”. He means it. Or does he? Kim is angry at Donald Trump's continued economic sanctions against his fiefdom. He has brazenly continued missile strikes despite criticism and ordered Americans to leave. Now a sinister threat has been spewed as tensions rise towards a boiling point.
General Terrence O’Shaughnessy of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces asserted that the United States and its friends are totally prepared to use whatever level of deadly force against the communist regime if needed.
Last week, China welcomed comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the United States does not seek to sink the North Korean government and would like dialogue with Pyongyang at some point, saying China had always supported talks.
President Trump has often conveyed that China should do more to pressure North Korea into ceasing with its missile program but the president and his administration have made little progress towards convincing the Beijing to take on a bigger role.
Without China's cooperation, the US may have to engage North Korea on its own.
A source inside North Korea’s foreign ministry said: “Unfortunately the US still thinks its military bluff would work.
“It seems like the US has not yet realized its opponent is a mighty nuclear power which is capable of smashing the US, an aggressor state, to smithereens."
The insider went on to say, "If the U.S. is stupid enough to shove its stinky face on this land again and keep brandishing its nuclear club despite our repeated warnings, the DPRK will teach the U.S. some manners with the strategic nuclear force that it had so far shown to the world,” the spokesman is quoted as saying. “Any form of military threat or blackmail by the U.S. can never scare the DPRK and, on the contrary, it will only redouble the resolve of the Korean army and people to annihilate the enemy.”
I don't know about you, but I'm shaking in my boots! Joking, clearly. DPRK claims America is on the 'knife’s edge of life and death'. The new chest thumping comes after North Korea’s latest successful ICBM test, which analysts believe could reach the U.S. mainland. In response to this new browbeating the U.S. military conducted a successful ICBM test on Wednesday.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson noted that Washington sought to persuade North Korea to cease its nuclear and missile weapons programs via peaceful and carefully applied pressure.
Despite Tillerson's assertions that they aren't pursuing drastic regime change or military force in favor of a more diplomatic solution, US officials said last month that revised military options for North Korea have been prepared and were ready to be presented to President Donald Trump.
When asked about the US government's strategy on dealing with North Korea, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham noted Tuesday military options could actually be used to squash threats from the isolated communist country.
"There is a military option to destroy North Korea's (missile) program and North Korea itself," Graham said on NBC's "Today" show. "If there's going to be a war to stop them, it will be over there. If thousands die, they're going to die over there, they're not going to die here and (President Donald Trump) told me that to my face."
With all of this political talk between the nations, one indicator that the US may be deeper into preparations for military action, US officials have warned American passports holders to get out of North Korea before a travel ban takes effect on September 1.
The US State Department issued a statement advising that a travel ban with be put in place by the Trump administration to the rogue country as tensions between the two nuclear nations intensify.
"The Secretary has authorized the restriction due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. citizens under North Korea's system of law enforcement," the statement read.
Secretary Tillerson will travel to the Philippines to attend the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Regional Forum, to which his North Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, has also been invited. The State Department has insisted “there will not be a huge sit-down” and they do not expect this important forum to yield any great strides to sew the rift between the two states.
I think the best solution would be using our military, not alone, but with our allies in the region to stifle the DPRK. But what would the consequences be with North Korea's almost undeniable ability to reach not only the US mainland, but the capitals of almost all Asian countries?