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How do you solve a problem like Korea?
Pence to Pyongyang: Don’t Test Trump
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  • D4x

    Perhaps South Korea has a few cyber-warriors, bored with insuring their smart refrigerators can be hacked. Aug. 24, 2015: “… Samsung’s connected fridge allows malicious people to steal a consumer’s Gmail login credentials provided they can get on the user’s Wi-Fi network. The exploit, known as a man-in-the-middle attack, is made possible because the Samsung smart fridge lets people link their Gmail calendars to a screen in the fridge’s door so they can see their day’s events. …”

    http://fortune.com/2015/08/24/samsungs-smart-fridge-hacked/
    “…the Trump Administration may be leaning on techniques developed under Obama: namely, the “left-of-launch” cyber attacks…” implies that Obama44 was in charge of technologies that had not been used before 2009, instead of his approval of technologies that became available during his tenure.

  • Suzy Dixon

    Well, they certainly won’t be testing anyone with those fake missiles that were crooked and rattling like they are only 50 pounds of tin can. So sad. Those poor people know it’s all a myth. Juche is a myth. “Merciless strikes” is a myth. Just heartbreaking.

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    I still say that NK would make a great parking lot for SK….

  • Pete

    With the pressure on Pyongyang for the first time, don’t be surprised if someone in the Porker’s inner circle does him in.

    • f1b0nacc1

      I would be very surprised. Kim doesn’t have much taste in haircuts, but he is apparently quite good at dealing with threats from within. He quite neatly disposed of the Chinese moles in his inner circle (death by AAA is apparently quite effective), and he has been thorough in disposing of almost anyone (along with their families, associates, etc.) who represents and focus of opposition. With that in mind, I suspect that whatever external threats he faces, the internal ones are unlikely to be a problem unless matters change a great deal.

      Please understand that I don’t like the guy, and am not defending him…I merely point out that he is unlikely to spare us all the trouble of dealing with him ourselves.

  • Arkeygeezer

    Doesn’t the President need to get Rand Paul’s permission before he does anything against North Korea?

  • Dhako

    Watch this space, chaps, Trump will back down when he realize how both Japan and South Korea are dead-set against any preemptive strike by the American to North Korea. And if worse came to be contemplated by him and by his administration, then these powers will openly declare their oppositions to second Korean war. Hence what is left to do is to give Mr Trump, a fig-leaf, or if you like some PR moves to which he can then sell to his voters (as the tough guy who initiated the final resolution of the Korean stand-off) while also making sure that it helps him to unhook himself from this “belligerent petard” in which he hoisted himself on it.

    And in here is where President Xi and China comes into the picture. And that means some kind of a “jaw-jaw” will be initiated by China, after the South Korean’s election in May, which in turn will be an election that is likely to deliver into power in Seoul a certain Mr Moon, a left-wing candidate, who is in very much align with the Chinese thinking when it comes to “resolving” this issue.

    And such talks will be a version of the Iran’s Nuclear talks, in which President Obama had concluded with the Iranian regime. But on the case of the “new talks” in the Korean’s peninsula, the Chinese will take the lead (with South Korean’s Mr Moon bringing up the rear, rather enthusiastically). And such talks to defuse this problem will be essentially to “verbalize” (or talk about it in grand terms) such “settlement” that can give, Mr Trump, the PR “win” he seems to thinking that is all important to him. Or at least, the Chinese will talk up this sort of “grand settlement” in a manner that, Mr Trump, could then brag about it to his base through his twitter feed.

    But, still, having said all of that, there will be no war (preemptive or otherwise, by any party). And the Nuclear issue will be handle with some kind of a “grand get-together talks” that has more “verbal ambiguity” in its final resolution than any “concrete deliverable” of the kind the Iranian regime signed for it to abide by it in their agreement with the Obama’s administration. And of course the most “salient point” will be that China will take “ownership” of the “guarantees” in which Mr Trump will need it in-terms of North Korea’s good faith commitment to what shall be agreed upon, in that “grand settlement”.

    Of course, the Trump’s administration will find it difficult to accept to be seen by all to have “marched” its naval armada all the way to the top of the Korean’s waters and then march back again to their bases in the Japan and in the rest of the Pacific US’s naval dock-yards. However, with a deft and quick diplomatic dance on the part of China and South Koreans (to a degree) this kind of “bad optics” for Mr Trump can be ameliorated, if for some reason the Chinese play along with Trump in “talking tough” to North Korea, preferably when Trump gets to Beijing and both Presidents start reading the “riot act” to that little mad-man in North Korea.

    And the fact that some high level Chinese officials will be in Pyongyang, prior to that release of that joint statement in Beijing by both Presidents Xi and Trump, just to ensure that “little Kim” gets to understand the difference between the “diplomatic theater” and the “substance” of the “tough talk” will not come amiss, in the least. So all in all, this is the first act of what would be a long diplomatic play, that has one or two intermission along the way, and few acts to come, before the penultimate denouement and final end of it is reach, which will not be a war.

    But more of a version of a Iranian’s nuclear deal, whereby this time around, China, will be the “guarantor” of the whole thing, and America will “disable” or “vacate” her THAAD system away in South-Korea as well as coming to a larger “strategical understanding” with China in-terms of Pacific region in general and South East Asia in particular, including the issue of South China Sea (SCS) and East China Sea (ECS).

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      Sorry grasshopper, but your 3rd-rate, 3rd-world, communist, paper tiger will do what it is told….

    • CaliforniaStark

      You, my friend, are about to learn the hard way that Trump is not a pacifist like Obama. The new dog bites as well as barks. As Pence stated, the days of the Obama/Hillary “strategic patience” with North Korea are over.

  • FriendlyGoat

    The short term answer to this is good missile defense. The long term answer is the North Koreans getting rid of their own dynasty.

  • I do not say this casually, but North Korea is one nation that should never have existed in the first place…how was it even admitted into the United Nations?

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