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Topic: The tension in Korea

I started this thread to get it away from Random Chat. Is the title OK?

The Chinese (government controled) newspaper Global Times says:  "Beijing is not able to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time. It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardize China's interests, China will respond with a firm hand."

Link: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1060791.shtml

We can be sure this is China's official stance. I think it's likely it's their real plan. The question is what is ment by "a firm hand".

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That depends on what happens,  China backed the last round of sanctions I don't think Chinese military action is off the table.

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I think most things have to go wrong before China uses military force in this conflict. They are much more likely to use diplomatic and economic measures.

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I saw the television news today and it seems to me that America has two positions on this. I see Trump speaking then one of the secretary of state saying something else. It is almost like they have two governments!

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The problem is that the rhetoric is getting to such a place where backing down or inaction would be disastrous for the POTUS and his administration,  it's getting more obvious that n Korea will not back down or play ball.  China are struggling to put Kim Jong Un back in his box which I think has surprised them.  I hope military action is avoided but then further sanctions only harm the citizens and not the regime. At any rate North Korea really deserves a regime change,  the suffering that goes on there is already horrific.

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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I know there were low-level talks between NK and the US hosted by Norway earlier this year. Something tells me it didn't go well...
No-one expects NK to talk like adults, but Trump talking like them is unlikely to calm things down. It only adds to the confusion that others in Trump's cabinet try to talk like diplomats or presidents. During any other presidency the US would give the same message, from the president down.

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Seems Donald has upped the ante again by saying all Kim has to do is mention one more threat....

Locked n loaded.

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Trump and Kim Jun Un are both used to opponents talking in a polite, reserved diplomatic language no matter what. So they they let it rip in their aggressive, hyperbolic style, feeling that they are on top of things because they sound though using only capital letters. I think they are both shocked and confused by being talked back to the way they are used to talking themselves.

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Almost makes them sound like schoolyard bullies....

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That comparison has been made a few times.
Defense Minister Mattis is the member of the Trump cabinet I really like and respect, and these last few days he has earned it. An experienced and level-headed soldier.

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Am I the only one who isn't in the least bit worried ?  ..... As usual after all the  school yard
Hard man talking,  ..... Nothing much will change.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Am I the only one who isn't in the least bit worried ?  ..... As usual after all the  school yard
Hard man talking,  ..... Nothing much will change.

No,  I'm not worried about nuclear holocaust, and the North Koreans don't worry me at all,  even if they did launch a missile at Guam the Americans THAAD system would intercept it. The US would retaliate in the form of conventional missiles or Bombs and that would be that.... For the time being

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What I don't get is what has poor old Guam done to deserve a strike from NK?  ajb007/biggrin

Reality is NK wants its place at the nuclear top table and is prepared to do whatever it takes.

The US seems in disarray with a President currently fighting fires on all fronts and a fluid administration with staff constantly changing and constrained by Congress (who is really in control?).

NK probably assesses this is a good time to make their bid because the world no longer led by the US would be powerless to respond. Even if US territory is attacked will this invoke the whole of NATO to respond in support - it's unlikely as there is no apppitie for another war. If US responds it has a stock of conventional weapons before going nuclear.

China also seems powerless which is unusual for them and all they can do is add to the threats as well - interesting. How would they respond if NK strikes first would they side with the US (interesting situation)

European leaders talking down the bluster to try and relieve the tension in their usual ineffectual style (but aware they have a vested interest under the NATO mandate like it or not).

UK saying sod all under their strong and stable leadership (really) wake up Whitehall

Beyond all the bluster of the two leaders we have to believe common sense will prevail

Interesting times ahead  ajb007/biggrin

Cheers  ajb007/bond

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I bring over what I wrote from the other discussion:

"It seems that no one can reason with the dictator, not even his allies in China. I wonder if the end of the regime might come not from America but from China itself? By this I mean that they are in a position perhaps to engineer a coup against the dictator and replace him with another who they can then control? I think perhaps that Chinese intelligence will have many powerful men they speak to in the North Korean military. Would it be better for the Chinese to end this, keep control of the area (or have more control in the end) without having a war and not also the possible South Koreans and Americans take control of the North in a war?"

On the news today the retired admiral of the Royal Navy was on and he said that Britain could perhaps take part if the Americans attack, but only to support or with intelligence.

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Bond44 wrote:

What I don't get is what has poor old Guam done to deserve a strike from NK?  ajb007/biggrin

Reality is NK wants its place at the nuclear top table and is prepared to do whatever it takes.

The US seems in disarray with a President currently fighting fires on all fronts and a fluid administration with staff constantly changing and constrained by Congress (who is really in control?).

NK probably assesses this is a good time to make their bid because the world no longer led by the US would be powerless to respond. Even if US territory is attacked will this invoke the whole of NATO to respond in support - it's unlikely as there is no apppitie for another war. If US responds it has a stock of conventional weapons before going nuclear.

China also seems powerless which is unusual for them and all they can do is add to the threats as well - interesting. How would they respond if NK strikes first would they side with the US (interesting situation)

European leaders talking down the bluster to try and relieve the tension in their usual ineffectual style (but aware they have a vested interest under the NATO mandate like it or not).

UK saying sod all under their strong and stable leadership (really) wake up Whitehall

Beyond all the bluster of the two leaders we have to believe common sense will prevail

Interesting times ahead  ajb007/biggrin

Cheers  ajb007/bond

Guam has 2 US military bases and is considered as American soil, Trump is the president of Guam but they have a devolved power system headed by a governor. I may be wrong but people from Guam are legally considered US  citizens.

I think China have stated that they will deal with the aggressor,  so we can take it that if N Korea stuck first China would be all over them,  if The US launched a preemptive Strike I'd like to think they would garner China's support first, otherwise US vs China?  Not a pleasant thought.

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I think a military coup in NK would be very difficult, even for China. NK is a regime controled by extreme controll and fear, it would be like staging a coup against Stalin or Mao.


The Chinese governemt has said through their completely government-controlled media what they will do, at least in gneral terms.

"Beijing is not able to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time. It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardize China's interests, China will respond with a firm hand."

So if NK strikes first China will remain neutral. If the US strikes first they will react somehow. We don't know if it will be militarilly, economically or politically. I think it will be economically and politically. China has nothing to gain by a war with the US.

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In this instance no one gains anything from war,  unless the end result is the removal of NK's regime in which case the people of North Korea gain.  If NK strike first I think China could not remain neutral,  by backing the recent sanctions they have essentially condemned NK's actions.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Am I the only one who isn't in the least bit worried ?  ..... As usual after all the  school yard
Hard man talking,  ..... Nothing much will change.

Nope...I'm with you...it's all hot air and gas...it's just a pissing contest  ajb007/rolleyes

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Hopefully, and absolutely most likely, you're right. But there is some chance this will turn violent. We also need to remember this doesn't need atomic bombs to kill a very large amount of people. Seoul has almost ten millon people within artillery range of NK.

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Fun fact: USA and Canada managed to stop the South Korean nuclear program in 1976.

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Number24 wrote:

. Seoul has almost ten millon people within artillery range of NK.

That's true but the US THAAD system is installed along the north/south Korean border.  During the first gulf war the Iraqis were firing scuds all over the place,  a large proportion of these were taken out,  technology has moved on and THAAD is very reliable.

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Hopefully you are correct, CC.

May I ask, what happens with the nuklear fallout, if THAAD takes them out?

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Two trains of thought here Higgins,  firstly it depends on what type of nuclear device is intercepted most modern nukes have multiple warheads that in fact do not explode via collision of fire or actually hitting a target they are set to go off while still in the air a few hundred meters up. In all probability n Korea don't have these and as THAAD has an effective range of 200 km any missiles sent in south Koreas direction would be destroyed while still in North Korea the nuclear warhead would not detonate and most likely north Korean troops would try and recover it.  Second train of thought is that if the missile is intercepted and destroyed it would likely drop it's atomic warheads and even if they did explode would only leak the toxic ingredients not cause an atomic chain reaction..  Obviously this has never been tested and let's hope it's not needed.

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Well, I am concerned

- that the "problem" of not setting up the chain reaction has been "solved"
- and even if not, the raining down of some hundred kilograms of Uranium may be not nice as well

That all, if the THAAD works 100% successfully

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Chriscoop wrote:
Number24 wrote:

. Seoul has almost ten millon people within artillery range of NK.

That's true but the US THAAD system is installed along the north/south Korean border.  During the first gulf war the Iraqis were firing scuds all over the place,  a large proportion of these were taken out,  technology has moved on and THAAD is very reliable.

Artillery
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SCUD missile:
https://vid.alarabiya.net/images/2016/02/08/4ab61500-55dd-4f80-bee0-0099e0dd00c5/4ab61500-55dd-4f80-bee0-0099e0dd00c5_16x9_788x442.jpg


You can't shoot down artilery grenades, Chriscoop. Even without a single atomic bomb being set off, a new Korean war will have huge casualties.

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