North Korea: US Planning 'Bloody Nose' First Strike

Nuclear Posture Review

North Korea's official KCNA news agency confirmed on Monday that Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, would attend the Olympics' opening ceremony on Friday in South Korea's alpine resort town of Pyeongchang.

Here is a common-sense approach to the nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea.

We most certainly welcome China's assurance.

"The situation has on the Korean Peninsula has not changed".

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.

North Korea accused the United States of planning to launch a "bloody nose" military strike against the country while promoting the threat of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons - much like it did before invading Iraq.

The geopolitical thought leader also chimed in on the proposed "freeze for freeze" agreement, which calls for North Korean to halt missile tests in return for abandoning defined Allied military exercises, noting that such a plan would not fulfill or advance the goal of denuclearization of North Korea.

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Most worrying of all, a belief seems to be gathering pace that the USA can somehow launch "surgical" military strikes while containing a larger conflict, because Kim Jong-un will not respond for fear of triggering an overwhelming retaliatory response. The US has adopted a maximum pressure policy on Pyongyang which is meant to deprive North Korea of all the critical resources that have in the past served as oxygen to Kim's nuclear missile program.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said on Sunday Kim would lead a 22-strong delegation that was expected to arrive in South Korea on Friday for a three-day trip.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned members of the Senate Armed Services Committee about the dangers of a potential military conflict so close to the Russian and Chinese borders without worldwide support during testimony about global challenges and U.S. national security strategy. It is not yet believed to have the capability to mount a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile.

North Korea is highly sensitive to the worldwide community addressing its human rights situation because the communist state sees it as a threat to its regime's survival, he added.

The increasing pressure on North Korea also comes amid speculations that the Trump administration is seriously considering a limited military strike on North Korea.

The 2010 paper saw the United States wanting to reduce the role and the importance of nuclear weapons. But no one in leadership seriously advocated a preventative strike against these nuclearizing powers - mainly because the potential costs of a retaliation were too horrific to even consider.

The North used the ship, the Mangyongbong 92, for similar purposes during the 2002 Asian Games in the South Korean port city of Busan.

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