Unanimous Agreement – UN Security Council Expands Sanctions on North Korea…

Showcasing a unique aspect of the President Trump common sense approach toward coalition building, today the United Nations security council voted unanimously, in public, to increase sanctions against North Korea.   Yes, ‘unanimously’.

China and Russia voted in alliance with the permanent security council members the U.S., France and the United Kingdom to support increased sanctions.  They voted in alignment publicly.  Don’t look for the anti-Trump media to make note of this critical point.

(Via Reuters) […] Adding names to the U.N. blacklist – a global travel ban and asset freeze – was the minimum sanctions measures the Security Council could have taken and comes after five weeks of negotiations between Washington and Beijing.

“The Security Council is sending a clear message to North Korea today – stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences,” Haley said.

The resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-member council, sanctions four entities, including the Koryo Bank and Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People’s Army, and 14 people, including the head of Pyongyang’s overseas spying operations.

North Korea’s Koryo Bank handles overseas transactions for Office 38, a shadowy body that manages the private slush funds of the North Korean leadership, according to a South Korean government database.

‘CRITICAL WINDOW’ – The measures adopted on Friday could have been agreed by the council’s North Korea sanctions committee behind closed doors, but Washington convinced China to back a public vote on the blacklist, amplifying the council’s unhappiness with Pyongyang’s defiance of a U.N. ban on ballistic missile launches.

The U.N. Security Council first imposed sanctions on Pyongyang in 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs and has ratcheted up the measures in response to five nuclear tests and two long-range missile launches. North Korea is threatening a sixth nuclear test.

“There is a critical window of opportunity for the nuclear issue of the peninsula to come back to the right track of seeking a settlement through dialogue and negotiations,” Chinese U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi told the council. “It is incumbent on all parties concerned to exercise restraint and to do more to help ease the tension and build mutual trust.”

He again proposed a simultaneous freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and South Korea and the United States’ joint military exercises. Russia said the suggestion merits “serious consideration.”

Haley said: “We want a negotiated solution, but North Korea must fulfill its basic obligations by first stopping all ballistic missile launches and nuclear weapons testing and taking concrete steps towards getting rid of its nuclear weapons program.”

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Security Council on April 28 that it needed to act before North Korea does. Just hours after the meeting – chaired by Tillerson during his first visit to the United Nations as the top U.S. diplomat – Pyongyang launched yet another ballistic missile.  (read more)

 

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109 Responses to Unanimous Agreement – UN Security Council Expands Sanctions on North Korea…

  1. John Doe says:

    So, do we like Nikki Haley or shall she burn in hell for eternity for starting out as a NeverTrumper? I despised her last year, but, honestly, she has impressed me a lot in the last 4 months.

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    • Kjf says:

      She is following orders. Not forgiven, not forgotten

      Liked by 20 people

      • Erick Dee says:

        This.

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      • Southern Son says:

        This Proves President Trumps skill at picking the Right Individual for the Job.
        His Confidence and Trust in them builds Loyalty and Admiration.
        THIS!, is why the Trump Doctrine has been so Successfull for so long.
        I’m Glad he didn’t follow My advice regarding Mrs. Haley.
        You are not?
        I Love Winning!
        And a Unanimous vote at the SC of UN is historically almost unheard of.
        President Trump is proveing weekly, how America should Win consistently.

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        Exactly our thoughts too.
        “She is following orders. Not forgiven. Not forgotten.”
        Well-phrased.

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      • Iam An American says:

        +Kjf, absolutely right. I will let my guard down on these people. POTUS Trump is really smart “keep enemies closer” is his mantra and hence he has given a very long rope to NeverTrumpers and Lyin Ted, Gary Cohn, Nikki Haley, Leader McConnell, Snake Ryan, and few others. We the Trumpsters must be vigilant and time and again raise our voices to these jackals, warn them that we are watching them.

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        • Iam An American says:

          +Kjf, absolutely right. I will NEVER let my guard down on these people. POTUS Trump is really smart “keep enemies closer” is his mantra and hence he has given a very long rope to NeverTrumpers and Lyin Ted, Gary Cohn, Nikki Haley, Leader McConnell, Snake Ryan, and few others. We the Trumpsters must be vigilant and time and again raise our voices to these jackals, warn them that we are watching them.

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      • Bill in Lexington,NC says:

        At the very least, she seems pretty good at following those orders. As she sees successes, I think she may be having a change of heart. I base my opinions of people by what they do MUCH more heavily than by what they say … and Nikki is showing herself a very effective spokesperson for our national interests.

        You can hold on to your “written in cement” opinion of you wish … but I am ALWAYS willing to be convinced.

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    • TigerBear says:

      We all have changes of mind and she has so far done a good job. I vote to keep her. 🙂

      Liked by 16 people

      • not2worryluv says:

        She probably has discovered many things about President Trump that she didn’t know before – and became a #MAGA believer.

        The smartest folks I have known in life are those who are humble enough to admit they were wrong.

        Thank you Nikki Haley for supporting President Trump and his agenda.

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      • mireilleg says:

        I vote we keep her, but we still keep an eye on her. Let’s see where her allegiance will go as time goes by.

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    • ALEX says:

      She has done excellent. I’m not a member of a cult. She has done nothing since nomination to make me not like her. The election is long gone…I will never go easy or let up on the McCain,Sasse etc backstabbers though..

      Liked by 13 people

    • WonkoTheSane says:

      Most people are prone to trade loyalty. When they are shown leadership, purpose of vision and have their ego stroked just a touch they may find a permanent foundation in which they anchor that loyalty. Also, they may not.

      Liked by 3 people

    • calbear84 says:

      There are two political parties in America now; Team Trump and Everyone Else. Choose wisely!

      Liked by 6 people

      • Yup (TOP) Trump Old Party. MAGA 2020

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        • Bill in Lexington,NC says:

          I propose to call it “The American Party” … and seriously build on the notion of a new political party, not just toy with the idea. Leave Trumps name out of it … don’t permit it to be referred to as a personality cult. His “right of center” / left of Levin principals seem to be a decent balance.

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    • nole2016 says:

      She is doing a good job, and is on the team, unlike STIREWALT, Hayes, LOWERY, BECK, ROVE, SASSE, MCCAIN, AND OTHERS……NEVER FORGET OR FORGIVE.

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Trust but verify. We celebrate her achievements, but we always keep an eye on her.

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    • Joshua2415 says:

      Niki is setting herself up for a run for president, or as Mike Pence’s VP. She’ll tow the Trump line, because it is in her interest to do so.
      She is politically smart. You gotta give her that.

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      • crepelady says:

        Totally agree

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      • Kroesus says:

        you are clueless…..one little problem with a Haley POTUS run….she is INELIGIBLE…..it requires natural born citizen status and as she is the offspring of immigrant (legal but NON citizen parents) she does NOT qualify…..you are the type pushing for a Jindal or Rubio run (also not NBC)

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    • npsrangerman says:

      Haley is an opportunistic pol! She saw her window, adjusted her public stance, and took it. What we in SC have learned is, she does what is necessary to advance her career. She has her eyes on the WH. I bet you C notes to doughnuts, if she had been POTUS, we would be going all out to waste tax payer money on the Climate change scam. She would not have pulled out. Continue to be wary of her and her ambition. She has now had a big taste of the national stage. I think she likes it.

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      • MKetch says:

        I agree as a fellow SCarolinian. Definitely an opportunist. Coat-tail express to the WH.

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      • 4sure says:

        Yep. An opportunist. As you so aptly described, if she were POTUS or if she were in Jeb’s, Rubio’s, Cruz’s cabinet she would be hauling the establishment globalist water. Never, ever trust her. EVER! Sarah Palin campaigned for her which helped her get elected in SC and then she promptly dumped Palin.

        Trump chose her for for one reason only. To get her out as gov. so his only supporter in SC pols., the Lt Gov. McMasters could then become Governor of SC and could have an advantage at winning reelection as Gov. Haley is and was a YUGE Jeb Bush clone. She saw that Jeb did not stand a chance, so she hooked her wagon to Rubio. During the gen. election, she tepidly supported Trump, and never appeared with him at any rallies. Same for Gowdy, and Mulvaney.

        Hayley is an opportunist GOPe tool.

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      • Boy, I’m glad I’ve never done anything to advance my career! I’m just happy here down in mediocre-land, not striving, not even trying to excel. But I sure hope you anti-Haley people approve of me! /s

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  2. Doug says:

    I dont have a problem with her… shes a good example of how trump was able to take a certain type of republican and use her talents to his benefit.. no complaints here so far… this is going to hurt north korea.. badly

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    • Doug says:

      publicy rebuked by two of their three land neighbors has got to send a signal… interesting developments

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    • Tegan says:

      Grrr…post disappeared in the middle of writing…AGAIN. I think Trump is setting Haley up to run against Graham. With his vast war chest and outside vested interest backers, she’s probably the only one that can successfully challenge him. Trump is giving her valuable international experience and exposure. Opportunists? Of course, but what politician isn’t.

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      • 4sure says:

        She is not going to run against Graham. The GOPe never runs against one of their own Sens. or House members. Gowdy could have easily defeated Graham in the primary, but you don’t do that. Trump set Haley up to never have another career in politics in SC. Some GOPe CoC POTUS wannabe in thge future may chose her as a VP running mate to be politically correct, but that will be her only ticket to any VP shot or POTUS shot.

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  3. Gil says:

    What is going to happen to noko? Honest assessment. Tubby isnt going to abdicate power willingly and will keep furing missiles until it succeeds or runs out of cash. How long before sanctions dont work, despite unanimous agreement?

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    • Doug says:

      its such a tough situation … but at some point the world has to do something … maybe assassination

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    • jefcool64 says:

      It will be a real question on his sanity. If China does uses it’s full leverage over them does he disobey and bite the hand that (literally) feeds him?

      I don’t think we can dismiss that he’s really crazy but at least the current coarse of action is slowly but surely getting the Chinese onboard.

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    • It’s important to remember the history behind the current behavior. For 60 years, the NK despots have threatened war and been bought off to go away. However, as soon as they run out of money, they’re back. The current despot knows no different. IMO he is doing this on the confident assumption that eventually the rest of the world will crack and send a big check to keep him quiet. He knows no other option. He also thinks he’s divine and cannot possibly do anything wrong. It’s a bad combination.

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    • SEJMON says:

      Only real solution to 65+ yrs. NOKO war situation will be united Korea, complitely demilitarized(no nuke weaponry ) & neutral as Switzerland…I doubt we USA will ever agree to it…

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  4. rsanchez1990 says:

    Hey greenies, there’s your leader of the free world.

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  5. Donna in Oregon says:

    Well the last one, Samantha Powers stabbed Israel in the back on her way out the door and in her spare time may have been unmasking innocent Americans. I say Haley is better than the one before.

    On the other hand: Never trust a Never-Trumper. They are crazy like Liberals.

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  6. The Boss says:

    Stop Mr. President! I can’t take any more of this winning! We’re winning too often!
    (Just kidding) 🙂

    Liked by 6 people

  7. CharterOakie says:

    No Gov. Nikki Haley if not for Gov. Sarah Palin’s endorsement when Haley was a mid-tier, also-ran candidate for SC governor.

    And if no Gov. Nikki Haley, then no Ambassador Nikki Haley.

    That said, I think she is smart and doing a good job so far.

    Liked by 8 people

  8. waltherppk says:

    A steep learning curve is there for an intelligent woman, and to her credit she seems to being doing very well with the challenge. She is originally a Sikh and a recent convert to Christianity after her marriage to Michael Haley. Her full name is Nimrata Nikki Randhwa Haley

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  9. ALEX says:

    Russia, China and every country I can think of has stated they want a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Turning the pressure up to this level has produced results. Obama was a hack and could care little and W decided to invade Iraq and destroy the Middle East…

    I like Ambassador Haley. She is forceful and talented. She puts out a strong face for the administration at this corrupt institution and she goes after the folks who need it BIGLY…

    I could care less what she did during campaign. It’s the folks like McCain,Sasse and others that I despise for continuing their stupid feuds….Carry on…

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    • MVW says:

      Nikki is a politician. Want to know who she really is? Is she more than a politician? I have no way, myself, to know. But you are right, some are just down right evil, namely those like McCain.

      The real issue is the string pulling puppet masters, of which there will always be those behind the thrones. NK is a rogue with a purpose for China, Russia, and yes, the US.

      I am a skeptic these days about everything and everyone. Trump, on the other hand is the rare case. Trump I trust. There are few, very few though besides him. Sad.

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  10. waltherppk says:

    Kudos to Nikki Haley

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  12. daughnworks247 says:

    OMG.
    24 hours.
    1. Trump fires a salvo towards the global warming zealots and the EU sends out Macron as a human sacrifice to their monster, President Trump (although Macron would never be anything more than an hors d’oeuvre). Within hours, the German Auto Lobby calls for new climate policy to remain competitive. Trump rendered Merkel helpless. She must heed the wishes of the manufacturing lobby.
    2. Now, we see a unanimous vote in the UN Security Council? When is the last time we had a unanimous vote? I can’t remember one.
    3. And suddenly, the Congress grows a spine and begins investigating “unmasking” by Obama Admin?
    So, who’s your daddy now?
    That would be President Trump, leader of the free world.
    Thank God in heaven Donald John Trump cared enough to step up and help the USA.

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  13. thluckyone says:

    WOW! WHAT? Russia voted with the council? Jeepers, THANKS, Mother Russia! I still think Vlad Putin would make a great replacement for Megyn. No? He could laugh at the other “news” hosts and make them all guess when he was coming to help them “stop their crimes against the peoples”! But when he puts those sunglasses on it’s such a, such a… “David Caruso” kind of a thing, y’know?

    “Nyet, Comrade Alexx. These dead persons can still tell zome zecrets, Da? This work we must do…” Get ’em, Vlad! Start with the little fat Nork bully! Make him TELL! BWAHAHAHAHAHAH!

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    • jefcool64 says:

      And then he trolled everyone by thanking the United States for the bad weather they got in Moscow (he was obviously joking around).
      Putin knows man, he plays politics well too. Obviously he would want us to screw ourselves up but understands Trump isn’t a fool. Even goes on to say he can’t blame Trump for pulling out. Going to have to give him points for honesty.

      I suspect China will respect our strength too. Even though this hurts them there’s something funny about showing strength to the right kind of people.

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  14. wheatietoo says:

    Isn’t communism great:


    .
    While it’s good to have China & Russia onboard with doing something about little Kim…I’m not sure what good sanctions will do to a country that is already practically living in the stoneage.

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    • NewNonna!!! says:

      In comparison to the look of terror on the faces of those women posing w, I presume???, chubby hubby, no electricity at night doesn’t seem so bad.

      My heart breaks for them. Prayers for them. 🙏🏼

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    • KBR says:

      When I have seen this map, each time I cannot help wondering, how few are the people in the dark? For years I have heard that the people are left to starve: how many, then, are left alive by now? Is a large part of that darkness now empty but for the dead?

      We never see anything except pyongyang.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Yeah, I know…the few reports that leak out are really dire.

        The people are even ‘regulated’ on how much food they can keep from their own gardens.

        Fat boy has spies everywhere, to make sure people are not even speaking out about him in their own homes.

        It’s really sad.

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    • MVW says:

      “While it’s good to have China & Russia onboard with doing something about little Kim…I’m not sure what good sanctions will do to a country that is already practically living in the stoneage.”

      Kim was taught by his father. His strategy is the same. Also, he is not insane, but to expect him to change strategy, for any reason or method of persuasion, EVER, is to ignore reality. His extortion strategy and defensive position works. At some point he will develop a multistage nuclear weapon with the ability to deliver. It is all for leverage both defensive and for extortion money.

      I can’t see that anyone has a way to change this other than the North Koreans themselves and the leadership looks stable.

      So, what does this mean? Nothing will change in the next 40 years. We won’t go to war, Kim won’t abdicate, he may slack off for a bit, then when ready to test some more, he will. And China and Russia in the foreseeable future don’t care.

      Tunnels. What is to keep Kim from tunneling under Seoul, S. Korea to put a nuke? He may already have one there.

      N. Korea is a no win story.

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  15. fleporeblog says:

    When listening to our Mad Dog during his interview on Deface the Nation, he said something that made my ears perk up. He said that he wishes that diplomacy will resolve the situation in NK. He went onto say otherwise there will be a tremendous loss of life. Immediately I thought about Seoul and possibly Japan. However, I am now convinced that he was talking about the NKs. We have our third carrier group on its way to the Sea of Japan. That is an incredible amount of firepower.

    This paragraph from the article was interesting as well:

    The measures adopted on Friday could have been agreed by the council’s North Korea sanctions committee behind closed doors, but Washington convinced China to back a public vote on the blacklist, amplifying the council’s unhappiness with Pyongyang’s defiance of a U.N. ban on ballistic missile launches.

    I think President Xi realizes that our Lion will only be patient for a short time. The man bombed the sh….t out of a base in Syria and informed President Xi while eating a delicious piece of chocolate cake. Xi must have said to himself that this man means what he says and will take matters into his own hand.

    God forbid that time does come, the amount of coordinated bombs that will rain down on NK will be so overwhelming and destructive that they won’t be able to get off many if any of their missiles. There will be 10+ MOABs dropped simultaneously. The destruction to NK will be astronomical in numbers.

    Mad Dog and our Lion know it! They will do everything possible to prevent it. However, if it happens, it will be because they had no choice. They will pray for the dead!

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    • Remember too, Fleporeblog
      We also have “boomers” somewhere out in the deep blue sea. Those “boomers” are carrying one HELL of an amount of nuclear firepower.

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      • Kroesus says:

        one Trident III with 8-10 MIRVs is all that would be required (24 missiles on each Ohio-class)…..SSBNs and SSNs also carry sea launched Tomahawk which is the weapon they will use unless the “crazy fat kid” launches a nuke at SK or Japan

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    • Kroesus says:

      problem is the THOUSANDS of artillery pieces aimed at Seoul (pop = 20M) many of them in hardened emplacements in the mountains just north of the DMZ….we can take them out for sure but what havoc they would wreck until the job is done

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      • I believe the artillery aimed at Seoul was what Sec Mattis was referring to. If there was to be a war the possibility that NK would fire all of its missiles aimed at Seoul and other targets could result in a massive loss of life.

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    • fangdog says:

      I am with you flepore in regard to Mad Dog statement millions lives would be lost. I too think Mad dog meant NK lives. Common sense tells me, we will not wait for NK to throw the first punch. This would mean SK lives, Japan lives, as well as NK lives. I see the necessity being a preemptive strike costing only the lives of NK thus sparing the lives of SK and Japan.

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  16. Bull Durham says:

    Here’s a quick CliffNote on Russia and China regarding nuclear proliferation. They have been working against anyone anywhere getting nukes for decades. Russia has never proliferated any particle of fissionable material. China under Mao helped Pakistan, many decades ago, because India had a nuclear program and in those days India and China were not friends.

    Russia will take fissionable material and reprocess it from anyone (Iran). They will take spent nuclear rods from reactors from anyone and reprocess them. They do this in order to keep nukes from developing and WMD material from getting into a black market or the hands of terrorists.

    So, it’s normal for them to want to deprive NK from proceeding with its weapons stage development. Plus, it’s their backyard. It would be if the Mexican cartel was developing nukes.

    Now for negotiations. Those aircraft carriers and fleets will have to back off for Fat Man to agree.
    President Moon is working to get things started. He is a surprise as SK’s new president. He wants to work with Russia to help with getting things rolling. NK will want the two big nations that came and fought alongside his grandfather’s army to stand with him, and he will need their umbrella to protect his country. But that’s almost a given. Neither Russia nor China want a unified nation right now on the Peninsula. The US would move right in and mess that up.

    Economics and protection is what Kim is looking for. So, China and Russia and So.Korea will have to work out that construction to his liking. Meanwhile, the US has to do nothing but eventually talk and agree to a plan that works for everyone.

    Putin and the Chinese can get this done. Putin was the magic with Iran. And he got all the chemical weapons and materials out of Syria. His military leaders, Intel people and diplomats are excellent at these kind of negotiations. Crazy Kim can be talked back from the ledge. Both nations have blood shed into the soil of North Korea and that gives them a moral advantage with the North Koreans.

    The quid pro quo Putin talks about is Kim shuts down his testing and the US shuts down its military activities in the region (Yellow Sea, Sea of Japan, and South Korea). In the “back channels”, Putin will offer to use the S400s missile defenses and EW (electronic warfare) systems Russia has to neutralize NK’s missiles should they try to use them offensively. China will have the S400s soon, also. And Russia has ships with EW nearby that can kill anything Kim launches. He won’t even know what the hell happens. But nothing will work. It just will be a secret between Trump, Putin and Xi (whispered when they meet).

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    • KBR says:

      So, the USA needs to desert its allies, and trust Russia and China to protect them? And trust Russia and China to protect US when Kimmy builds that long range ICBM?
      Bwahahaha!

      You say:
      Get US out of the area, stop all Naval Operations in the area? Let Kim have his nuclear missiles and fire them too? Cause Russia can catch em? Trust Russia to do so? “Put yourselves in Russia’s hands USA, trust us!/s”

      Back off? So lil Kim can decide what he “Kim wants” and China and Russia will provide it for him, “work it out to his liking?”

      Sorry Bull. It is way past time to cease to operate under “what Kim wants, and what Kim likes.” If Russia wants to do something “in their back yard” they can assassinate the fat boy.

      I seriously doubt the USA will agree to “shut down military operations in the region.” When has that ever happened?

      I do not care at all about fat boy “saving face.” He is the one who put his mug out there threatening to destroy the USA and its allies. His face is fair game for the USA unsavable. And as far as “blood on the ground” there, we have soaked the ground there too. Its high time Kim had some personal blood on the ground there himself: a bloody nose at the very least.

      Continuing to let a bully-kid bully the others in the neighborhood, especially when he starts pulling out switchblades and guns to do it, is not wise. He needs a smack-down, one way or another.

      If Russia and China can only handle Kim by giving Kim his way and asking the USA to run off with its tail tucked, (hardly diplomatic!) it is quite clear that Russia and China cannot handle Kim at all.

      Advocating for a return of Kim’s nuclear build up bully status-quo, and the US leading from behind? Not a chance: Bammy’s gone.

      Russia will have to do a whole lot better than that. Advocating a secret no one knows but US, China and Russia that Kimmy is allowed to play with guns but Mama Russia will catch the bullets? So US should put itself into Mama Russia’s hands for protection? (And when no one knows about promises made, no one need know about promises not kept.)

      That is a level of trust that Russia has not earned. Nor China.

      I cannot wrap my mind around this post. Not up to your usual.

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      • A2 says:

        Thank you KBR. I try to ignore BS Durham’s posts because he always gets the wrong end of the stick. It must be those ultra, ultra California ‘cliff notes’ he gets via his ultra, ultra secret friends in the Russian federation he touts here. A bit pathetic, but laughable.

        He has ignored the fact that Russian scientists were hired by Kim to get his nuclear programme off the ground. He also ignores the fact that China until recently has aided NK in substantial ways ( missile parts traced to China), much to their current regret, and that Pakistan and China have a hard-wired relationship, not some Mao-era aberration. Thus, India’s refusal to play economic belt and road nonsense with China.

        Neither Russia, nor China would have come to this vote without pressure from the US and its allies. They are still dragging their feet. Russia has a new deal with NK over port services and China has yet to show substantial sanctions on their companies trading with NK. Their stated objective is to get the US out of the Asia-Pacific, meaning abandoning allies in the region. That is their bargaining chip and delaying action. NK is a pawn and a very dangerous one.

        China and Russia need to back up their vote (it’s the UN so for them a mere sophistic nod) with actions.

        Again, great post and corrective to the BS that gets posted here.

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        • Jim in TN says:

          As an aside, doesn’t Russia have anti-missile technology in Syria? Remember when we bombed the base with Chemical Weapons, which hadn’t been removed by Putin? And we gave the Russians a little bit of advanced notice, so their people could gather in a safe location.

          I have been fascinated and curious about the dearth of information in regards to the Russian anti-missiles at the time. They were given advanced notice! 59 of 60 hit the target and the other was an early malfunction. None were shot down and nothing was said regarding any such attempts.

          Were none of these systems ready? Did the warning not come in time to get them ready? Did the Russians order a stand down?

          So much for trusting Putin for protection.

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        • KBR says:

          Thanks. About the ultra ultra secret Russian friends: if BD got this from them, we must wonder about their IQ’s.
          I asked once if Bull was Russian. Now I wonder if he is Korean, from the north.

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    • Kroesus says:

      no way the US leaves the Sea of Japan as this is a defensive position for both China and NK and a surveillance area for Russia China and NK…doubtful we abandon support for SK w/o a reunification plan in place as they are a “tripwire” defense from NK aggression backed by China and/or Russia from the still ongoing Korean War

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    • MVW says:

      Well, I expect nothing will happen. Nothing.

      South Korea will never forgive the US for restarting a war. Trump knows this.

      The purpose of the ICBM ballistic missile test was not to leverage Kim. It was to relieve pressure on Trump to explain, without saying it overtly, to Americans why kinetic action is not needed at the moment. Hence ‘present’ becomes later baby.

      The only possible solution is covert, where N.K. leaders themselves deal with Kim. Don’t count on it.

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      • KBR says:

        I doubt that there is only one possible solution. And who are the “NK leaders,” in actuality?
        The pretense that “Superpowers” China and Russia cannot handle or eliminate lil fatboy is ludicrous on its face. Look at the map in the dark and see how many real targets exist in NK. The only thing stopping the world from being protected from madchild fatboy is the protection madchild fatboy has himself.

        And by “protection” I do not mean his own military nor his own generals, nor China’s sold missle parts nor Russia’s scientists help. I mean full on China and Russia.

        They want a divided Vietnam. For a “buffer zone.” They had best put in a new leader in their bufferzone, then, and get rid of the missles/nuclear program there altogether. They already have their own so there is no need to let a puppet have them in their buffer zone.

        Kim is their puppet. He speaks for them, allowing them to vent what they really think, allowing them to threaten out loud while pretending diplomacy.

        As far as what S. Korea wants, I can assure you one thing they do not want: USA to say “Hell with this, we are pulling outta here.”

        Not one S.Korean with half a brain would think that S. Koreans would be welcomed with open arms and western freedoms by NK, Russia, nor China. Those that remained alive would be imprisoned or slaves.

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    • SEJMON says:

      It will likely end up like that….but real solution will be united ,neutral, demilitarized and free to choose theirs system of government.

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  17. Sherlock says:

    Those of us with sons and daughters in harms way pray for a resolution, but also know that our soldiers and sailors are well trained, and capable of all that may be asked of them. Please pray for all of our troops.

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  18. Suite D says:

    If God could redeem an old reprobate like me He can surely save Haley. I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt. MAG!!!

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  19. calbear84 says:

    Iran, are you listening? You’re next!

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  20. waicool says:

    Yikes! I clicked “read more” and expected one of SDs clever memes, maybe the lion thing BUT i ended up on a yahoo snews page. That kinda kiilled my interest

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  21. bitterlyclinging says:

    You cant negotiate with mad men, whether its September, 1938, Pyongyang in1994, or Tehran in 2015.
    The nukes are coming.
    The American soon to be dead thank you, in advance, Wendy Sherman, William Jefferson Clinton, Buraq Hussein Obama.

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    • KBR says:

      I do believe there are alternatives to negotiating that do not involve utilizing nukes but rather destroying some.

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    • MVW says:

      Don’t get in a dither. This drama will go into the squirrel chasing dust bin.

      One thing it will do is prove Trump is not some trigger happy nutcase. 3 carrier groups plus Japan’s group, and everyone talks to him to convince him not to act. He looks reasonable, Paris Accord departure is forgiven. South Korea is more open to a better trade deal. And Kim secures himself with his leadership team as a cool cookie.

      Nothing will happen. NK sticks with defense and extortion strategy of old.

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      • KBR says:

        My own family members will soon be in S. Korea. So I will get into a dither anytime I please.

        It is also a reason that I follow what is happening and put a lot of study and brainpower into the situation as I see it, and also speak with military members about to get their perspectives when they can and will talk.

        I do not think NK will be allowed to continue for very long on the missles path, the ignoring of world leaders, and with the rhetoric that Kim is determined to use. This only encourages more and more rogue states/puppets and more proliferation in the longer view.

        For selfish and short term reasons, that should be obvious, status quo for a few years is desirable for me personally.

        But status quo can be changed for the worse by the fatboy, not just by the major powers. If that were not so, there would be no problem.

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  22. First Last says:

    I think it’s foolish to believe NK will ever give up it’s quest to be a heavily armed, nuclear nation. There really is only one solution, and like it or not we all know what it is.

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  23. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Getting China to endorses the sanctions:

    Now, when someone exposes China secretly violating the NK sanctions, China gets exposed as being shifty and unreliable in stated commitments.

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