Secretary Rex Tillerson Remarks on North Korea to U.N. Security Council “The Time Has Come”…

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to New York Friday to discuss the ongoing threats by North Korea with the United Nations Security Council.   Secretary Tillerson urged all member nations to act “before North Korea does.”

[TRANSCRIPT] – SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Secretary General, for that most helpful briefing. I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States, and I thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council.

According to UN Security Council Resolution 2321, a stated objective of this council is North Korea’s abandonment of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

For the past 20 years, well-intentioned diplomatic efforts to halt these programs have failed. It is only by first dismantling them that there can be peace, stability, and economic prosperity for all of Northeast Asia.

With each successive detonation and missile test, North Korea pushes Northeast Asia and the world closer to instability and broader conflict.

The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real.

And it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland.

Indeed, the D.P.R.K. has repeatedly claimed it plans to conduct such a strike. Given that rhetoric, the United States cannot idly stand by. Nor can other members of this council who are within striking distance of North Korean missiles.

Having for years displayed a pattern of behavior that defies multiple UN Security Council resolutions, including 2321 and 2270, and erodes global progress on nuclear nonproliferation, there is no reason to think that North Korea will change its behavior under the current multilateral sanctions framework.

For too long, the international community has been reactive in addressing North Korea. Those days must come to an end.

Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences.

We have said this before and it bears repeating: the policy of strategic patience is over. Additional patience will only mean acceptance of a nuclear North Korea.

The more we bide our time, the sooner we will run out of it.

In light of the growing threat, the time has come for all of us to put new pressure on North Korea to abandon its dangerous path.

I urge this council to act before North Korea does.

We must work together to adopt a new approach and impose increased diplomatic and economic pressures on the North Korean regime.

The new campaign the United States is embarking on is driven by our own national security considerations, and it is welcomed by many nations who are concerned for their own security and question why North Korea clings to nuclear capabilities for which it has no need.

Our goal is not regime change. Nor do we desire to threaten the North Korean people or destabilize the Asia Pacific region. Over the years, we have withdrawn our own nuclear weapons from South Korea and offered aid to North Korea as proof of our intent to de-escalate the situation and normalize relations. Since 1995, the United States has provided over $1.3 billion dollars in aid to North Korea, and we look forward to resuming our contributions once the D.P.R.K. begins to dismantle its nuclear weapons and missile technology programs.

The D.P.R.K., for its own sake, must dismantle its nuclear and missile programs if it wants to achieve the security, economic development, and international recognition that it seeks. North Korea must understand that respect will never follow recklessness. North Korea must take concrete steps to reduce the threat that its illegal weapons programs pose to the United States and our allies before we can even consider talks.

I propose all nations take these three actions beginning today:

First, we call on UN member-states to fully implement the commitments they have made regarding North Korea. This includes all measures required in Resolutions 2321 and 2270.

Those nations which have not fully enforced these resolutions fully discredit this body.

Second, we call on countries to suspend or downgrade diplomatic relations with North Korea. North Korea exploits its diplomatic privileges to fund its illicit nuclear and missile technology programs, and constraining its diplomatic activity will cut off a flow of needed resources. In light of North Korea’s recent actions, normal relations with the D.P.R.K. are simply not acceptable.

Third, we must increase North Korea’s financial isolation. We must levy new sanctions on D.P.R.K. entities and individuals supporting its weapons and missile programs, and tighten those that are already in place. The United States also would much prefer countries and people in question to own up to their lapses and correct their behavior themselves, but we will not hesitate to sanction third-country entities and individuals supporting the D.P.R.K.’s illegal activities.

We must bring maximum economic pressure by severing trade relationships that directly fund the D.P.R.K.’s nuclear and missile program. I call on the international community to suspend the flow of North Korean guest workers and to impose bans on North Korean imports, especially coal.

We must all do our share, but China accounting for 90 percent of North Korean trade, China alone has economic leverage over Pyongyang that is unique, and its role is therefore particularly important. The U.S. and China have held very productive exchanges on this issue, and we look forward to further actions that build on what China has already done.

Lastly, as we have said before, all options for responding to future provocation must remain on the table. Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by a willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action if necessary. We much prefer a negotiated solution to this problem. But we are committed to defending ourselves and our allies against North Korean aggression.

This new pressure campaign will be swiftly implemented and painful to North Korean interest.

I realize some nations for which a relationship with North Korea has been in some ways a net positive may be disinclined to implement the measures of pressure on North Korea.

But the catastrophic effects of a North Korean nuclear strike outweigh any economic benefits. We must be willing to face the hard truths and make hard choices right now to prevent disastrous outcomes in the future.

Business as usual is not an option.

There is also a moral dimension to this problem. Countries must know by now that helping the North Korean regime means enabling cruelty and suffering.

North Korea feeds billions of dollars into a nuclear program it does not need while its own people starve.

The regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons does not serve its own national security or the well-being of a people trapped in tyranny.

I ask the community of nations to help us preserve security and protect human dignity.

In one of my first trips as America’s Secretary of State, I looked across the DMZ at the haunted land of North Korea. Beyond the border is a nation of sorrow, frozen in time. While the world sees the gleaming buildings of Pyongyang, the blight of oppression and starvation has swept this land for over 60 years.

But even though the present condition of that country is bleak, the United States believes in a future for North Korea. These first steps toward a more hopeful future will happen most quickly if other stakeholders in this – in the region and the global security join us.

For years, North Korea has been dictating the terms of its dangerous course of action.

It is time for us to retake control of the situation.

We ask the members of this council and all other partners to implement a new strategy to denuclearize North Korea.

Thank you.

I resume my function now as president of the council. I now give the floor to His Excellency, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan. [link]

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115 Responses to Secretary Rex Tillerson Remarks on North Korea to U.N. Security Council “The Time Has Come”…

  1. Jimmy Jack says:

    Pray for American troops and their families in the region.

    Lord have mercy and allow this to end quickly and peacefully.

    Liked by 26 people

  2. msmelchizadek says:

    Excellent, just excellent! Go T-Rex!!!

    Liked by 9 people

  3. highground01 says:

    This is some high level maneuvering the Trump Administrations is doing. President Trump has go for the trifecta, we have boxed in North Korea militarily, economically & diplomatically. This latest move puts tremendous pressure on the UN to either show is has a purpose in this world or totally useless.

    The next few weeks are going to get quite interesting.

    Liked by 17 people

    • freddiel says:

      This is the way I see it also. Let the UN prove to the world that they deserve to exist.

      Liked by 14 people

      • Sharon says:

        Whether or not the UN deserves to exist isn’t what’s in view here, in my opinion. They are always and only relevant or irrelevant as determined by the players from decade to decade. The things that T-Rex and President Trump are achieving in this context have not and will not be determined by any qualities observed within the UN: they are being determined and implemented by their presentation as leaders who had depth, strategy, wisdom, and courage.

        What needs to happen can be made to happen with or without the UN when real men and real leaders are effectively on scene. Since the UN is still around in some form, crappy tool though it is, these leaders are simply providing to that shallow and deceptive and manipulative crop of goofballs the opportunity to be a responsive player in the present high stakes situation.

        If they choose to be a responsive player, it will boost their value (with out them having to actually contribute anything of value – they simply have to not-get-in-the-way). Like obama said, they can shut up and get in the back seat. Going along for the ride will raise their stock.

        They. Do. Not. Have. Any. Inherent. Value. And. Never. Have. Had.

        I’ve been reading about them and thinking about the vacuum they are since about 1958 when I was a freshman in high school.

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    • asawasa says:

      also can put pressure on those that support/do business with North Korea like Iran. granted if it was the usual match ups US and allies on one side with Russia, China, etc. on the other. then countries like Iran would just do whatever they wanted. However, Russia could help here with Iran as they also have an interest concerning North Korea.

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      • SSI01 says:

        The speech is also a backhanded slap at Iran and is a way of letting them know they are being watched and will be dealt with by the US once this current crisis is resolved.

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      • RC says:

        There may, or may not, be progress with the Chinese about North Korea regime change and / or a re-partition of that country.

        But, a potential working relationship between Presidents Putin and Trump took a nose-dive as the US launched 59 cruise missiles into Syria — citing an, as yet, murky Sarin attack within an area controlled by Sunni-jihadis.

        Adding further insult, T-Rex choose to repeat the Sarin charge when Foreign Minister Lavrov said that Russia and Syria wanted an independent investigation of the event. For further confusion, the French have just released their explanation of the event with a report which contradicts that issued by McMaster’s White House. So we really need a report by the UN organization tasked with sorting out such stuff, but which cannot go in without our– as yet not forthcoming — military protection because of Sunni-jihadi threats.

        In short, don’t hold your breath waiting for Russian assistance pressuring Iran and North Korea to negotiate nuclear dis-armament. And, spare me non-sequitors about 2,222,000 dimensioned chess games. Our insult of Putin, Lavrov and Russia was very one-dimensioned.

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        • asawasa says:

          you have assumed a lot given that the chemical attack came from the same base those 59 missiles hit. doubtful Putin was anything but caught off guard by the swiftness of the attack. everybody involved knows who is doing what there. it is no secret and don’t delude yourself about Russia. It is in their interest to keep NK from starting WW3 with nukes. They will do something about it. Same goes for Iran.

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          • RC says:

            Hey asawasa,
            Since the French disagree with the White House report about what actually happened — they say 3 grenades of gas were dropped from a helicopter across 10+ miles — and we still have no independent UN report of what was released and where, I assume nothing.

            I do admit to reservations about unverified social media issued by Sunni-jihadis controlling Idlib province.

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            • asawasa says:

              the problem is hearsay with the french. they need to show evidence to back that up otherwise is it as credible as the Trump dossier. if anyone produces any counter evidence I would very much like to see it. i wouldn’t trust the UN for investigating anything. too many agendas there that can influence any actions taken. i’d look to what our various intelligence networks would produce as evidence.

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        • Old Codger says:

          RC = Checkers!

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    • 100% agree, and it’s better than kicking the can down the road like the last 3 or 4 administrations. We’ll have to face it sometime, better to do it like real Americans rather than globalist progressives who are destroying my Republic and the free world.

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      • navysquid says:

        Love your name as it reminds me of a great Steve Martin movie, The Jerk…My brother and I would always call each other Gern

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        • My dad and I would always make each other crack up making gerning faces if u know the term. I lost dad 2 yrs ago but that memory always makes me smile, how hard we’d laugh! Thank yall for that💖

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          • Sharon says:

            My two youngest grandchildren totally lost it (in their late teens) when I introduced to the concept of gerning. And, I need to add, their dad (my son) was also nearly on the floor, somewhat hilariously horrified because he had had absolutely no idea that his mother was capable of demonstrating any such thing. And I had no idea it would be such fun. Absolutely hilarious to see their reaction to an unexpected thing from the older generation.

            Drive the youngsters crazy whenever there is opportunity, Fellow Old People. It’s fun.

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            • What a sweet sweet story, Sharon!! So endearing, and i miss goofing around with my dad doing that….teary eyed….oh, my, song playing off the stereo, “lift up your head girl, I know you’re broken…”

              Enjoy every minute Sharon, blessings to u and your sweet gerning family…💖💕💖

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    • The Demon Slick says:

      The problem is that the US has a terrible track record. We asked Quadaffi to give up his nukes for aid and prosperity. The Brits screwed him on an oil deal, we bombed him and supported the rebels, he died of the khazouk, which is basically a sharp stick up your backside until you bleed out. The Ukraine government had Russian nukes when the Soviet Union broke up, and others, but let’s just talk about Ukraine and Crimea. We promised to protect them from Soviet aggression if they would agree to send the nukes back to Moscow. They held up their end of the bargain. But Ukraine is being invaded by Russia and we’re not doing anything. And Crimea? Already gone. So, given what happened to them, is the short fat NK guy really crazy? Or maybe just a better student of history than most? Look I have no love for the guy but if you look at it logically, from his point of view no nukes means he dies a horrible death. I don’t think anyone should be suprised that he’s not into that.

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    • Jedi9 says:

      I agree. This move by the administration by sending Tlllerson to state his case at the UN council serves several purposes.

      1.If the UN fails, and decides to do nothing, then a case can be made to de-fund it altogether, for their credibility in such matters will create more skepticism about it’s effectiveness in helping world stability.
      2. Showing the world that this new Administration is going to resume their role as leaders of the free world.
      3. Box in NK and put other nations who have aided and abetted with NK on notice that they too will face economic sanctions as well.

      In other words, “put up or shut up”!

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  4. tax2much says:

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

    John F. Kennedy

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  5. fleporeblog says:

    What I loved most about TRex’s speech to the UN members was when he said they we expect you to honor both UN resolutions. However, if you don’t, be prepared for the US to come after you. Our President, TRex, VP Pence and others from the administration have done everything humanely possible to get this done without military action.

    The latest Fox Poll shows that Americans realize that our President has done everything humanely possible and would support him if the need for military action has to occur.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/27/fox-news-poll-53-percent-favor-military-action-to-stop-north-korea-nukes-program.html

    53% approve military action while only 39% oppose it.

    NK is now considered the greatest threat to the US at 38% followed by ISIS at 25%.

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  6. MK says:

    Trump should say we no longer tolerate a 27 year old, who thinks he’s a god, and plays with nuclear rockets to exist.

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  7. Bert says:

    “Those nations which have not fully enforced these resolutions fully discredit this body.”
    A notable change in tone.

    I am optimistic that the firm guidance of a loving parent fosters safety, security and prosperity.
    The ‘hey let the teenagers trash the neigborhood ‘ attitude of the prior administration didn’t work out so well.

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    • Paul Killinger says:

      I’m not optimistic about anything the UN does, or more accurately, doesn’t do.

      Liked by 2 people

    • navysquid says:

      “The ‘hey let the teenagers trash the neigborhood ‘ attitude”

      Exactly…that was the guidance always given to the police during the Ferguson, Baltimore, etc riots…meanwhile that only emboldened the rest of the riots around the country leading to eventually (IMO) the shooting deaths of the officers in Dallas because law and order was not established in the beginning with Ferguson…Obama was too proud to see CNN cover all his fellow “protestors and community organizers”…where are all the Dems now, that were screaming free speech then and not now for Coulter, Milo, etc…? I know…I digress.

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      • Dont digress!!!! GREAT POST!!

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    • Yup… that “leading from behimd ” sure didn’t work out.

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  8. 22CatsInTN says:

    Have I said lately how much I LOVE our new Administration? No? Well, let me be clear. I LOVE MY PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION. Thank you. Thank you very much. 🙂

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  9. hawkeye13 says:

    Did anyone notice how it seems that often the fix for the trouble is to simply enforce existing laws or resolutions? North Korea, border wall, deporting illegals, gun control and so on… I believe the end to abortion will come about when doctor/parents are charged with murder for killing a baby.

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  10. Bugsdaddy says:

    Wow! Just like Sundance said. “Bad cop”. And what a subtle opening for the Chinese to be “good cop”. My perspective on these things has really changed since I started following CTH. Thanks again Sundance!

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  11. Alison says:

    Bravo Sec Tillerson & God protect our Troops.

    I give UN a week. Then I want Sec Tillerson to call out ALL countries (not just China) who are ignoring UN resolutions, trading w/ NK, or allowing NK to moneylaunder through them.

    Strategic patience has ended not only for NZk but for those enabling the regime.

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  12. fedback says:

    T Rex gave security council one last chance to show it is fit for purpose
    Powerful clear statement

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  13. Bil says:

    Next they will hopefully take a stand against Saudi Arabia who just condemned to death a man for denouncing islam. Not holding my breath though.

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  14. redlegleader68 says:

    T-Rex is on a roll. Beyond the obvious, I wonder if certain parties in DC, the EU and “others” got this message as well? Time will tell …

    Liked by 7 people

  15. redchick67SS says:

    I continue to be impressed with the people our PDJT has chosen. I can’t decide who I love more…T-Rex, Wilburine, or Mick Mulvaney. All experts that know the topic at hand backwards and forwards and can’t be thrown off their game. Straight talkers…working for we the people. Such a great time to be a patriot. I will one day tell my future grandchildren about the election of 2016 and how through the power of prayer, we won the first of many battles against the evil that is globalism. Thank you Lord, for giving us our PDJT!!

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  16. MaineCoon says:

    I didn’t see this reported much, but President Trump has allowed Kimmy to somewhat save face.

    There’s a reason why the US Constitution requires that a resident be 35 yo. and imo that is too young. A 35 yo in the 1700s/1800s was far more mature that 35yo today living in their parent’s basement.

    ““He’s 27 years old. His father dies, took over a regime. So say what you want but that is not easy, especially at that age,” he said.

    “I’m not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I’m just saying that’s a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he’s rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he’s rational,” he said.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/28/donald-trump-warns-of-major-major-conflict-with-north-korea

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    • chojun says:

      Well said.

      On that subject, I’ve always felt that Kim Jong Un isn’t really the leader of DPRK but is more of a figurehead. I think the party, the politburo, is in charge there and are forcing Kim to act.

      As I said in an earlier discussion, North Korea’s primary export is fear and the threat of violence, for which they receive compensation. If they were to cease the saber rattling, their economy would collapse. That’s why I believe they will eventually go forward with more ICBM tests and ultimately another nuclear test.

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  17. fangdog says:

    I agree with those who see this as an opportunity to verify whether the UN has viability or is just a waste of time and money. The Trump administration is making it a put-up or shut-up. It is about time the UN do or die.

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  18. repsort says:

    Watch Haley just past the 8 min. mark when he’s talking about the “blight of oppression and starvation” etc.

    Is it just me or is that her “See! He’s being mean to his own people and we GOTTA DO SOMETHING!” face?

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  19. chojun says:

    A great day for the Korean peoples is just over the horizon.

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  20. mike diamond says:

    pray every day that kim jung the un dude would be taken out!!!!!!!

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  21. Paco Loco says:

    May is looking to be a crucial month. I expect that Kim will go ahead with his defiant nuclear test believing that the US is a paper tiger. Trump should emphatically make Xi the point man on this and let the Chicoms take out the Norks.

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  22. Ono says:

    When North Korea needs money they make a threat, and in the past the USA pays off!

    Tillerson just made it perfectly clear to the UN that those days are over…

    Send over Chuck Norris with a film crew for a diplomatic talk with Kim “Chee” about how to “get along with others…”

    Problem solved!

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  23. mamadogsite says:

    For the 1st time ever, I watched most of the UN’S proceedings on CSpan. Tillerson is fascinating. Controlled respect. Compared to Clinton and Kerry….brilliance vs. Bevis and Butt-Head.

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  24. Keln says:

    Some notes here:

    No. 1: T-Rex opening statement was great. Laid out exactly what our goal is.

    No. 2: Japanese ambassador should have made his statement in Japanese, but he was doing the US a great honor by stumbling through his statement in English. That is not a small thing. Don’t make fun of it.

    No. 3: Who knew Senegalese was such a rapid fire language? Also…Senegal, you have a nation because of nuclear weapons, not in spite of them. If you think WWII was bad, just imagine what WWIII would have been like. Pretty sure some great power would control all of Africa right now if not for nuclear weapons. It isn’t about eliminating them…it’s about who has them. They are big war stoppers in the right hands.

    No. 4: Did I hear this right? Someone correct me if I am wrong, but did China basically remove their chess piece from the board? Did they actually say “it doesn’t matter who puts an end to this…”? And “China isn’t the key…”? Really?

    Did China just say “do what you have to do, United States.”?

    That is a scary statement if I heard that right, and not what I wanted to hear at all. But it is, at the same time, at least an acknowledgment by China that they have lost control of North Korea.

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    • 100% Keln.

      What I heard – although following the translator was problematic with unmuted Chinese – was the Chinese making ZERO CHANGE from their “twin-track commitment” to concurrent Dialogue and Denuclearization: ALL TALK and NO ACTION.

      Japan forcefully committed to an effective Embargo to END TRADE and a Financial Blockade to END FUNDING and (I believe) a Transportation Freeze to END ESCAPE.

      America will have to impose SERIOUS TRADE and FINANCIAL PAIN to compel the “International Community” to comply with sanctions or else.

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    • Fe says:

      On your #2 point, thank you. I would not have made the connection. Very astute aobservation Keln.

      On the China thing, I agree, that is odd, what are they doing? PDJT made sure they were cast as the good cop, but now they don’t want any part!??? They want the US to do all the heavy lifting?

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    • Oh darn, I thought the same thing about the Chinese statement, but distrusted my ears, since I’m also reading comments while listening to the translators. Maybe we can get a clear report on this somewhere?

      BTW, Keln, I don’t know what Senegalese sounds like, but the ambassador was speaking a pretty elegant French.

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      • Just found a paragraph from the WSJ on this:

        “China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the U.N. session that China doesn’t hold the key to resolving the threat. He also demanded that the U.S. and South Korea abandon military exercises, and called on the U.S. and North Korea to hold direct talks without preconditions.”

        So much for our good friend President Xi Jinping. (sp?)

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        • Keln says:

          Let’s be clear on the President of China here. He does not control China. The Party does. He may be the leader of the party, but it is still a bureaucracy. Bunch of old communists run it. Jinping may want to go a certain way, but it is up to the whole party leadership to decide.

          With that said, their statements about the US and the DPRK are rather mild rhetoric. Their other statements earlier and during this conference have more meaning. China sounds done with the DPRK. They can no longer control the current Kim, and they do not want a nuclear neighbor other than Russia and India. Especially not one that is a loose cannon.

          The Chinese are not stupid. They know what the DPRK could cause, and they would rather not get involved and be drawn into a war that gets them nowhere.

          From the US standpoint, we don’t want a war with North Korea. We do not want the humanitarian disaster that could cause. So China’s request for talks is reasonable, because that is what we want as well. But, if I have read this correctly today, China is also signaling that they will not go to war with the US if we must invade to force Kim Jong Un to stop his nuclear nonsense.

          Honestly, it is not in China’s best interest to do so. Yes, they may end up with a unified, western-friendly Korea on their doorstep. But China has also found that a western-friendly nation means PROFIT.

          We live in a new world folks.

          It would have been better, from my point of view, if China itself threatened to invade North Korea. That takes the burden off of us and spares Seoul as well. But China does not want that burden. I do not truly believe the Chinese want Seoul to suffer, or anyone to suffer really, but they are thinking about themselves here. From their point of view, it makes sense.

          Yeah, it would be great if we could all just be allied in this and smash that little punk in North Korea and fix this problem. But reality rarely adds up to what we wish. So we deal with the hand that is dealt us.

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          • MVW says:

            Kim is not illogical. The strategy he is following was taught by his father, he did not develop it, but is following it to the letter, hence everyones frustration at no change. Kim fired his artillery and missiles into the sea, and all real provocations are one time albeit tragic.

            China is toeing two lines, ‘This is very bad’ and ‘Talk is safe’. The third is sanctions are burdensome but better than kinetic.

            Nothing will happen but sanctions and more posturing. Trump can take out the missile launch sites and the nuclear plant, then watch to see if Kim fires artillery at the south.

            That could lead to either extreme civilian casualties in the south or China may kill Kim and install a new leader simultaneously. All VERY risky. No wonder no one has considered it previously.

            By the way, China would never say publicly what some would want them to say even if they mean it. Same with Russia.

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        • chbailey says:

          Yeah, China views North Korea as a buffer, it is useful to them, not a threat. For instance, if South Korea took over the north, China would have that pesky capitalist country there instead.

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      • Keln says:

        I honestly did not listen to his voice. I used one ear on my headphones to hear the translation. I just assumed it was Senegalese. Speaking French makes more sense, but he was still doing it fast.

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        • SteveInCO says:

          As it turns out there isn’t a language called “Senegalese” anyway.

          The official languages of Senegal are: Balanta-Ganja, Hassaniya, Arabic, Jola-Fonyi, Mandinka, Mandjak, Mankanya, Noon, Pulaar, Serer, Soninke, and Wolof.

          Only two of those are something I’ve even heard of.

          Most Sub-Saharan countries are not true unitary “nations” in the ethnic sense but conglomerations of various smaller tribes. And oftentimes a national boundary cuts a tribe in half.

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  25. decisiontime16 says:

    KIM’S GIRL WARRIORS Kim Jong-un ‘ready to send army of up to 500,000 women soldiers to the frontline’ if war with the US erupts
    Battalions of female soldiers took part in the nation’s biggest-ever live firing exercise this week.

    April 28, 2017

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3435700/kim-jong-un-ready-to-send-army-of-500000-women-soldiers-to-the-frontline-if-war-with-the-us-erupts/

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    • Texian says:

      Don’t underestimate pissed off women.. I had read somewhere that Israeli male soldiers didn’t like to have women in their ranks because when the women would get pissed off at the enemy they would never retreat no matter how bad the situation became..

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    • pochas94 says:

      That’s the main thing. Be ready to repel whatever Kim sends south. Better yet, be sure Kim can’t send anyone south.

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      • jmclever says:

        Meet NORK soldiers with hearty meals and tell them there’s more where that came from once li’l Kim is out of leadership. It would certainly be a novel way to take care of a problem. The people of Nor. K. do not know what it means not to be hungry. We could show them and make a great ally.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      I think Kim overestimates the deterrent effect that would have on US troops in a life or death situation.

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  26. Paco Loco says:

    Mayday Mayday !

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  27. James F says:

    The moon is dark.

    Perfect time for a fireworks show to celebrate 100 days in office,

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  28. andi lee says:

    A boy and his toys. Not cool.

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  29. Joan says:

    Bravo, T Rex!

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  30. Pam says:

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  31. Well the Breakin News, Posted up above…
    My thoughts.. Seems Lil Kim is either,, trying to save Face.. Or is just out right INSANE, & just don’t Give a _____…
    Timing on this *Failed* Launch, right after T-Rex’s comments are… I’ll let Sundance analyze, maybe whats going on in that lil Fat Peckers head…
    Yesterdays Video, & now this..
    Lil Kim is playing a VERY Dangerous Game on the world Stage ATM..
    Seriously, I WOULD NOT don’t Our President Mr. DJT is going to call this Lil Kims Bluff..
    Can I/We expect a strike over the weekend?
    Or One “Coalition Forces” Air strikes by next week.. China?, SK, Japan & the US
    KIM you really F**Ked up Seriously,,,
    Trump Will call your Bluff.. 😄

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    • MVW says:

      Kim is not insane. His point is that he has nothing to lose. He gives up his missile and Nukes and he and regime are dead meat ala Khadafi.

      Kim is not bluffing. He is expecting China to stand down.

      Kim and regime will never start this war, that is their point. Our problem is his sale of weapons (solid propellant rockets), small nukes to Iran. If he does this the red line is crossed. Otherwise China can live with Kim posturing all he wants.

      Neocons will go to war anytime, anywhere, same with NeoLibtards and Military Industrial Complex.

      I dunno what Trump really can do other than live with this land mine, shoot down launched missiles every time they are fired, add sanctions, blame Russia, and be labeled a yellow coward by drooling Neocons and MIC’s.

      This is a Huge Lose (present), Massively Huge Lose (kinetic) situation.

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      • chbailey says:

        Yes, he is insane… his threats are insane, they draw a lot of attention. That is why the US is taking measures. He is unpredictable. What if he is completely isolated through the 3-point UN program and reaches a point where he has lost his country…and for a last parting shot he lobs one at Seoul and Tokyo. This is a very real danger for S Korea and Japan.

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  32. MaineCoon says:

    How about a UN naval blockade of NK?

    Like the naval blockade of Cuba when USSR was installing missiles re Cuban Missile Crisis. If UN wimps out, US naval blockade. Nothing in/nothing out of NK.

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jfk-announces-a-blockade-of-cuba

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    • MVW says:

      That would solve the arms sale issue. It might actually work. China can still send fuel oil to N. Korea. Thad’s shoot down all launched missiles that don’t blow up. (Kim may be blowing them up himself to avoid angering China, yet not lose face).

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      • MVW says:

        If Kim does not send military escorts, let them through to China. Or let Chinese ships through that are destined to unload at China or N.K.

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