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Is Trump Rehearsing for War on North Korea? Given His “Rage for War”, Even the Unthinkable Is Possible

Friday, November 24, 2017 17:12
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By Stephen Lendman

US vilification of North Korea is intense, ominously ongoing since Trump took office, already involved in multiple wars of aggression.

Is attacking the DPRK next?

Is Trump willing to risk nuclear war on the peninsula? Given his rage for war, even the unthinkable is possible.

Count the ways – reminiscent of the run-up to earlier US wars. Tactics include:

-inventing enemies;

-falsely claiming they pose unacceptable threats;

-waging propaganda war;

-piling on illegal sanctions;

-declaring nations state sponsors of terrorism – what Pyongyang called a “hideous political provocation;”

-mobilizing military forces near their borders;

-at times staging false flags as pretexts for war – 9/11 the mother of them all; and

-holding provocative military exercises near their borders – rehearsals for war.


South Korea is most vulnerable if war erupts. Permitting US THAAD missiles on its territory is for offense, not defense, denounced by Russia and China for threatening their security.

On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his South Korean counterpart Kang Yyung-wha in Beijing.

Washington is pressuring Seoul to permit additional THAAD installations on its territory. South Korea earlier pledged not to.

Yi pressed Kang to uphold the pledge, and not participate in a proposed trilateral US/Japan/South Korea military alliance, aimed at China and North Korea.

In October, Beijing and Seoul agreed to improve bilateral relations. THAAD installations and provocative military exercises with Washington are obstacles.

In December, South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit Beijing. Key bilateral issues will be discussed, including THAADs, improving communications, and cooling tensions with Pyongyang.

It requires stepping back from US provocations, Moon holding firm against them. China and South Korea share a common interest in preventing conflict on the peninsula, along with securing regional stability.

From December 4 – 8, new joint US/South Korea military exercises are scheduled. US F-22 and F-35 stealth warplanes will participate, the large-scale provocative drills heightening tensions further.

US warplanes will engage in “enemy infiltration” and “precision strike drills” together with South Korean aircraft.

Trump favors provocations, hostile threats and belligerence over responsible diplomacy. Pyongyang has just cause for concern.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month, North Korea’s UN envoy Ja Song-nam said Washington

“is now running amok for war exercises by introducing nuclear war equipment in and around the Korean Peninsula, thereby proving that the US itself is the major offender of the escalation of tension and undermining of the peace.”

Does Trump intend attacking the DPRK? Will he recklessly risk nuclear war on the country? Humanity holds its breath to find out.

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The original source of this article is Global Research

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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Visit his blog site at Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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  • b4

    lendmen has been crying wolf forever—china stopped all train and flight service to n korea this week–n korea is very isolated–even russia told n korea your shit party is over… i would say trump has been extremely effective without firing a shot! now reports are coming out trump was very involved in getting mugabee removed–that guy was the asshole of assholes for 37 years and nobody else got his maggot ass out–so i would say Lendman your full of shit–

  • YellowRoseTx51

    Appears to be a snowflake looking to promote his book.
    “Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at His new book as editor and contributor is
    titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

    His political associations are questionable. He’s using MSM propaganda by-lines.

  • Ideas Time

    NK is not a threat to anyone, they would not have nukes if it were not for people giving them the information or the product.

    There entire economy is what 45 billion a year. Not enough to be a threat and the parasite infested population, per report would suggest they are starving and weak.

    In a real war they would not last a week. They are being uses to create an much needed enemy for the deep state.


    Let’s return to the policy of the last several administrations and appease the puffed up NK toad. That worked so well.

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