U.S. and North Korea One Step Closer to War

U.S. and North Korea One Step Closer to War by Jim Rickards – Daily Reckoning

On Tuesday North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Some analysts believe the missile had a range of at least 3,400 miles.

That would bring the U.S. states of Alaska and Hawaii and possibly the major city of Seattle within range.

North Korea claims the missile could carry a large nuclear warhead.

The U.S. and South Korea responded with an announcement that they had conducted their own ballistic missile drill to counter North Korea’s gambit.

We’re heading toward a war with North Korea. It’s fairly obvious at this point, unless either North Korea agrees to cease its nuclear program or the U.S. allows the North the ability to directly threaten the continental U.S.

Neither possibility is likely.

The U.S. national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, along with the secretary of defense, Gen. James Mattis, have both given very clear indications on this. Meanwhile, two carrier task force groups have been dispatched to the region.

And then President Trump said earlier today that he’s considering “some pretty severe things” to respond to North Korea’s provocations.

When President Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April, he sought China’s help to pressure North Korea into scrapping its nuclear weapons program. In exchange for that assistance, Trump said he wouldn’t label China a currency manipulator or initiate a trade war.

It seems President Xi indicated he needed time to deal with the difficult North Korea, and that Trump may have given him 100 days to arrange a deal with North Korea.

Well, those 100 days will be up on July 15. And North Korea has not shown the slightest intention of backing off its nuclear program. If anything, it’s accelerating it.

Right now there’s no doubt that the greatest threat to world peace in general, and the U.S. in particular, is coming from North Korea.

“U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that North Korea’s actions were ‘quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution’ and that the United States was prepared to defend itself and its allies,” reports Reuters.

“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction,” she added.

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