North Korea and America Could Stumble into a Nuclear War

A US B-1B bomber flies over Korea along with a South Korean F-15K fighter

The South Korean president has urged North Korea not to proceed with its plans to fully develop and load a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

While statements were being hurled back and forth by both Trump and Kim last week, Scott Snyder, a senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told ABC News that "what we know of Kim Jong-Un is that he wants to survive".

"The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable", Trump noted regarding the initial decision that Pyongyang made last week.

China and Russian Federation have called for a "double freeze" or "double suspension" approach, whereby North declares a moratorium on its nuclear and missile tests in exchange for South Korea and the United States halting their joint military exercises.

General Joe Dunford, the chairman of the USA joint chiefs of staff, also told reporters during his visit to Beijing that the U.S. has no plans to "dial back" military exercises with South Korea, which have angered both China and North Korea.

"President (Donald) Trump has been threatening North Korea with extermination on the grounds that they have nuclear weapons", Tschirgi added.

- Anthony Cordesman of Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies said South Korea's F-15 and F-16 fighter jets are far more capable than North Korea's outdated MiGs and Su-25 jets.

He said mounting a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile is to cross the red line and that the Pyongyang regime must be warned not to further proceed with the risky gamble. Second, given that the Kim regime's legitimacy is based on its claim to protect the country from foreign attack, Kim Jong-un would likely feel he had to retaliate.

North Korea and United States leaders engage in verbal warfare involving nuclear strikes against Guam. They favored diplomacy over confrontation, allowing North Korea to proceed with its clandestine nuclear program in exchange for empty promises.

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In photos released with the KCNA report, Kim was seen holding a baton and pointing at a map showing a flight path for the missiles appearing to start from North Korea's east coast, flying over Japan toward Guam.

Much of this subtlety was lost in mainstream USA and Western media coverage of this episode.

North Korea on Tuesday backed off on its threat to fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles toward the USA territory of Guam.

He said: "We are prepared for many situations".

"We're happy that he has taken a look at their plans and will be holding off on, at least it appears, the imminent threats to Guam", he said. "I have faith in the Lord", 58-year-old accountant Adoracion Manibusan said after Pyongyang took a step back from the brink.

If Kim Jong-UN speaks another one open threat... or if he will do anything in respect to GUAM or any other place in America or its allies, he really will regret it soon...

The only event that didn't surprise the combatants was how the war ended - in a stalemate, with neither side able to dislodge the other, at a reasonable cost in lives and treasure - while the original goal of unifying the peninsula remained beyond reach and still is. President Obama sent a signal to the world by setting a timetable for withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan before victory over the Taliban could be achieved.

Second, we need to recall that this is not a conflict between North Korea and America, but rather, North Korea and the entire global community. "If the USA and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so". Even a conventional war could kill tens of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of South Koreans; North Korea has well over 10,000 artillery tubes and rocket launchers within range of Seoul.

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