Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Trump’s North Korea Policy Open to Criticism
According to Patriotic Moscow website on November 12 Doug Bandow, special advisor to former US President Reagan and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, said that the US’ only option is to hold dialogue with the DPRK and withdraw American troops from Northeast Asia and that to become embroiled in a war in the region is of no help to the US.

American magazine Newsweek on November 18 said David Wright, analyst of the Union of Concerned Scientists, argued the DPRK’s ICBM can hit Los Angeles about 9 500 km from it as well as Denver, New York, Boston and Chicago.

Now many world media outlets and American experts in north Korean affairs comment that “the swaggering US is staggering with the emergence of a new nuclear power” and “the US missile defence system that has cost the US a huge sum of money for decades cannot intercept north Korean missiles”, giving wide publicity to the fact that the DPRK “can reduce such metropolitan cities as New York and Washington in the east to ashes with a single ICBM”.

Here is another interesting news.

According to media reports, as Trump openly expressed his intention to unhesitatingly launch a nuclear attack on the DPRK after spitting out such war rhetoric about “fire and fury” against it, John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command, made such open remarks that he would not obey Trump’s order to launch a nuclear attack against the DPRK, causing widespread public debate.

Earlier, his predecessor told a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the US Strategic Command can refuse to follow the president’s nuclear attack order in case it is judged illegal.

It can be claimed to be a warning to the Trump administration that has sustained repeated defeat in the showdown with the DPRK.

However, Trump insists on imposing nuclear blackmail without drawing a lesson from the failed north Korean policy.

The US stages joint military exercises in league with south Korea by mobilizing all its nuclear strategic assets, driving the Korean peninsula situation to the brink of a nuclear war, and clings to reckless military provocation, noisily talking about “calm before the storm”, “beheading operation” and “enormous nuclear preemptive attack”.

It has not yet realized that such “bravery” serves as a “good propaganda” to bring into relief the validity of the DPRK’s nuclear programme.

The decades-long DPRK-US showdown tells what the US would gain from the policy of hostility to and nuclear threat and blackmail against the DPRK.

The US is well advised to ponder over its consequences.

By Choe Yong Nam PT

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