One of China’s main concerns is that a radioactive cloud may enter its territory if nuclear war takes place in North Korea.
If the USA learns to live with a nuclear-armed North Korea, will we also learn to live with a nuclear-armed Iran?
Washington-based think tank C4ADS says that Pyongyang is “far from being isolated, (and) is globally active through its overseas networks”, which are helping to raise the funds and materials the country needs for its weapons programmes.
And on Friday, Trump tweeted the USA military is indeed ready, describing it as “locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely”.
As Deutsche Welle writes in the article Nations start to choose sides in event of North Korea war, amid growing talk of the possibility of open conflict between the United States and North Korea, countries have started to affirm their positions in case violence breaks out on the Korean Peninsula or elsewhere.
But, as The Washington Post notes, the paper isn’t an “official mouthpiece” for the party.
Yet many foreign policy establishment Democrats and Republicans, who previously insisted a nuclear-armed North Korea is unacceptable, are now arguing for accommodation (really appeasement and surrender).
LANKOV: Russia is likely to basically follow China’s lead on such issues. In the current situation a little spark can ignite a fire in the region.
But if North Korea escalates, the US must be prepared to escalate to massive disarming strikes, including use of nuclear weapons. USA Today reported that in addition to a boost in coal exports, the two countries reached a labour immigration agreement to expand a programme that already employs 40,000 North Korean labourers in Russian Federation.
The column points out recent headlines of US media outlets highlight that Pyongyang would never negotiate with Washington on its nuclear and missile programs.
On Friday, Lavrov expressed his worries about the recent standoff between the United States and North Korea.
The Congressional EMP Commission warns a North Korean high-altitude EMP attack could blackout the grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures nationwide for months or years, killing 90 percent of the population through starvation and societal collapse-with a single warhead. Russian Federation has ambitious plans to build pipelines and a railroad across North Korea to the lucrative markets of South Korea. In months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could EMP harden numerous most important nodes in the electric grid and other critical infrastructures. In July, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on a Chinese bank, two Chinese citizens and a shipping company for helping North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission.