What does Donald Trump have in store for North Korea? When reporters asked him Thursday what his message would be for the militaristic country, which may be ready to perform a sixth nuclear test, his response left America chilled.
North Korea has 1.2 million active soldiers with 7.7 in the reserves. President Kim Jung-un also has 220,000 specially trained para-military soldiers.
Trump has indicated repeatedly that he will not give his enemies any advance warning, but his words seemed to offer a veiled threat, Reuters reported:
‘North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of.’
Last week Trump met with China’s President Xi Jinping and appeared to feel that the country would “work very hard” to help handle the North Korean problem. Xi visited the U.S. last week at Mar-a-Lago, and Trump said this about the meeting, according to Reuters:
‘I have really gotten to like and respect President Xi. … He’s a very special man. I think he’s going to try very hard.’
A former high-level intelligence officer warned that moving against the small country would send U.S. allies such as South Korea and Japan toward China, giving Xi’s country a “once in a generation” chance to become the number one superpower, according to News.com Australia.
America has shown its military muscle by performing Navy Seal exercises in South Korea with Seal Team 6, which took out Osama bin Laden. Is North Korea’s unpredictable President Kim Jong-un nervous or excited? When Trump sent “an armada” to the area, it pleased the president of the militaristic country.
News.com Australia reported former CIA intelligence analyst and National Security Council director Paul Miller’s reaction. Miller was a senior US security adviser under George W. Bush, he said Trump is wrong about China:
‘China is unlikely to acquiesce in any US unilateral actions on the Korean Peninsula, and will not co-operate in any plan that they believe will increase US influence there.
‘Chinese leaders can exploit these tensions, exert more pressure on South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, etc., who are fearful of US abandonment.’
Dr. Smith says Trump is mistaken, if he believes China will handle North Korea, according to News.com Australia:
‘They can exert economic pressure on neighbours who now see no prospects for greater economic integration with the US with the demise of the TPP [Trans Pacific Partnership].’
The U.S. military admitted “ground, air, naval and special operations” have been involved in a weeks-long “several joint and combined field training operations” with 17,000 troops. Special operations teams probably involved the Green Berets, Army Rangers, and Delta Force.
Korea is still technically at war with South Korea, and the U.S. has about 28,000 troops stationed at the border between two countries and about 49,000 troops in Japan at last count, according to CNN.
Trump may be on his own with his North Korea plans.
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