gangster talk from bolton (at the end)

Trump suggests talks while preparing for war with NK
Peter Symonds, WSWS, May 2 2017

Having repeatedly threatened to take military action against NK, Pres Trump declared yesterday that he was willing to meet with NK leader Kim Jong-un, telling Bloomberg News:

If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely. I would be honored to do it. Most political people would never say that, but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him.

The offer of talks is effectively an ultimatum: accept Pindosi terms for negotiations, or confront the prospect of war. The Pindo navy has positioned an aircraft carrier strike group and a nuclear submarine in waters off the Korean Peninsula and is engaged in joint exercises with SK and Japanese warships. Trump’s declaration that he would be “honoured” to meet with Kim Jong-un also underscores the rank hypocrisy of Faschingstein’s posturing on “human rights.” Its denunciations of human rights abuses, whether in NK or anywhere else, are turned on and off to suit Pindosi strategic and economic interests. Trump warned last Thursday that there was “absolutely” a definite chance of a “major, major war” with NK, while at the same time adding:

We’d love to solve things diplomatically, but it’s very difficult.

Tillerson spelled out the terms of any talks in a meeting of UNSC ministers last Friday. After declaring that Pindostan “preferred a negotiated solution” to the confrontation, insisted that NK would have to “denuclearise,” that is, give up its nuclear facilities and weapons, saying:

NK must take concrete steps to reduce the threat that its illegal weapons programs pose to Pindostan and its allies before we even consider talks. We will only engage in talks with NK when they exhibit a good-faith commitment to abiding by the UNSCRs and their past promises to end their nuclear programs.

The same message was delivered by Sean Spicer, who emphasised that Trump would only meet with Kim “under the right circumstances.” He insisted that NK had to ratchet down its “provocative behaviour” immediately, saying:

There’s a lot of conditions that I think would have to happen with respect to its behavior and to show signs of good faith. Clearly, conditions are not there right now.

The threat of military action, however, is always in the background. Speaking at the UN last week, Tillerson reiterated that “all options” were on the table and warned of “catastrophic consequences” if a negotiated solution was not found. He pressed UN members to impose crippling sanctions on NK and to downgrade diplomatic relations, warning that they will be backed “with military action if necessary.” Even as he offered to speak to Kim Jong-un, Trump told Fox News yesterday that the NK leader’s recent statements were “very inflammatory” and “horrible.” He declared, however, that he was not going to speak about his plans for military action or set “red lines” for NK. Trump said:

I don’t want to talk about it. I can say this. He’s very threatening. He’s a big threat to the world.

Trump underscored his willingness to attack NK by referring to his cruise missile strikes on Syria last month. After criticizing Obama for setting “red lines” to the Syrian government and not enforcing them, Trump added:

I actually covered his red line for him in Syria.

The Trump administration is waging a concerted diplomatic offensive to exert maximum pressure on NK, directly or via China. Trump has spoken to the leaders of Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore, inviting them to visit Faschingstein. The Australian PM is due to meet him later this week. India has announced that it will freeze NK assets and ban its military officers from training in the country. An external affairs ministry spokesman said that India was also banning travel, investigating NK-flagged ships and taking “financial measures” against Pyongyang. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chided Trump for suggesting over the weekend that SK should pay $1b in costs for the installation of a THAAD ABM battery. Royce told the WaPo:

We’ve got to stand with our vassals. There can’t be any daylight right now.

The THAAD installation, which is part of anti-missile systems central to preparations for war against China as well as NK, have provoked widespread opposition and fed into the political crisis in SK. The country is in the midst of presidential elections following the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye. The frontrunner, Democrat Moon Jae-in, has postured as a THAAD opponent. In a bid to prevent Trump’s comment from further fueling opposition in SK, national security adviser H R McMaster stepped in on Sunday to declare that Pindostan would pay for the THAAD system “until any renegotiation.” In his comments to the WaPo, Royce urged the Trump administration to work more closely with Congress, which is due to begin discussing legislation today for new sanctions not only on NK, but also against banks and corporations that do business with Pyongyang. It will also push for NK to be put back on the State Dept’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, allowing further penalties. Comments to Pindostan Today by ‘Bonkers’ Bolton underscored that the prime target of Pindo preparations for war is not so much NK but China. NK has no oil or substantial natural resources and, despite the continual denunciations of its nuclear weapons program, poses no significant threat to Pindostan and its allies. But it is strategically located, sharing borders with China and Russia, and has acted as a buffer against Pindo bases in SK and Japan. Bolton dismissed efforts to force NK to denuclearise and suggested that pressure be placed on China to accept the peaceful reunification of the Koreas under the auspices of SK. The alternative was a pre-emptive Pindosi attack, with worse consequences for Beijing:

… regime collapse, huge refugee flows and Pindo flags flying along the Yalu River.

While the Trump administration does not spell it out, it is seeking one way or another to eliminate NK and weaken China, as it prepares for confrontation on other economic and strategic fronts. As Bolton crudely put it:

China can do it the easy way or the hard way. It’s their choice. Time is growing short.

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