On Sun, 30 Jul 2017 19:32:13 +0000
RS Wood <email@example.com> wrote:
On 2017-07-30, NewsBeanie <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Title: North Korea’s Launch of Ballistic Missiles Raises New Worries
Author: CHOE SANG-HUN
Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2017 20:24:05 -0500
The launch prompted an urgent meeting of high-level South Korean security
officials to discuss the latest provocation from the North.
Except, now it's serious, isn't it?
Amazing that everyone is standing by, allowing this to become a
KJU-vs-Trump affair. Shame on Japan and China for not stepping into the
breach. Too advantageous to play the victim, I'd say.
We solve the Kim Jong Un problem with one poisoned arrow, or a devoted team
of kidnappers. And a very short Youtube video ...
Here's an easy way to get KJU to shut the fuck up. Strangle the fucking snake.
There is therefore a compelling case to isolate Pyongyang economically.
This would include levying hefty fines on the Chinese banks that,
unwittingly or otherwise, launder money for Pyongyang and facilitate
dollar transactions on behalf of North Korean entities. A useful ripple
effect from such action can be expected. In the past, China’s biggest
financial institutions have voluntarily ceased transfers with banks,
both North Korean and Chinese, that have been designated by the United
States as involved in money laundering.
In June, the United States identified the Bank of Dandong as a
money-laundering concern. Deprived of plausible deniability, Beijing
has neither protested vociferously nor retaliated. The same was true
when the United States charged four Chinese nationals affiliated with
the Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Company last year with
money laundering; Beijing responded by arresting the head of the
company and several other executives.
The test for President Donald Trump will be to refrain from any impulse
to relax sanctions prematurely when faced with the next major
provocation by Pyongyang. And it will come. North Korea sees itself as
a revolutionary state that cannot live as the permanently inferior
Since the Kim regime is governed by the need to dominate South Korea by
threatening the region with nuclear annihilation, its willingness to
use its lethal powers will only grow unless it is confronted by the
specter of bankruptcy and the consequent destabilization of its rule.
While reassuring American allies South Korea and Japan of the United
States’ steadfast commitment to their defense, the Trump administration
should also persuade Seoul and Tokyo not to fall for the same trap of
settling for an illusory peace in the face of Pyongyang’s intimidation.
Rather than issuing empty threats or blaming others, the Trump
administration should work on becoming a credible financial threat to
the Kim regime. Only then will the United States be in a position to
negotiate from a position of strength, an entirely feasible feat that
has nevertheless eluded every administration to date. Only then will
the Trump administration have offset the futility of American diplomacy
over the past quarter-century by the kind of resolute action that will