The entire US Senate has been invited to go to the White House this Wednesday to be briefed by senior administration officials about the North Korea threat. The senators will be briefed by Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, and James Mattis, Defense Secretary. Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will also speak. Although top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved.
The Constitution grants Congress the sole power to declare war.
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, has outlined American “red lines” for dealings with the North Korea. On Friday the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is due to chair a security council foreign ministers meeting on the issue in New York, at which the State Department said he would call for the full implementation of existing UN sanctions or new measures in the event of further nuclear or missile tests.
Vice President Mike Pence said a strike group led by the US Carl Vinson aircraft carrier will “in a matter of days” arrive in the Sea of Japan. It was heading north in the western Pacific Ocean conducting joint exercises with Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, according to reports last Monday. South Korea has been reported to be considering taking part in drills. South Korea announced today that it had installed key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system — the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, North Korea has signaled further nuclear and missile tests. This is a day after North Korea showed off its military power with live-fire drills.
If the US attacks North Korea, then North Korea will attack and do significant damage with loss of life in the millions to South Korea before the US can stop them.
If China were to attack North Korea, then North Korea would have no cause to attack South Korea. Even so, the US can be ready to defend South Korea from a North Korea invasion rather than to participate in an attack with China on North Korea.
If China were to invade and take over North Korea, then the threat would be over. It is better for the US and South Korea for China to be in total control of North Korea than Kim Jong-un and the current government of North Korea. A permanent peace can be achieved with North Korea with China in total control of that country. Then trade deals can be established to help create new businesses and jobs within North Korea to help its people transition from a military state to the kind other countries can do business with, which will keep those people in North Korea.
That’s my opinion.
Special Editorial Article by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma
Wednesday – 26 April 2017
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