North Korea warns Trump, US could ‘pay dearly’ for Human Rights criticism. (So much for love)

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You know folks, I predicted this 2 weeks ago. KIM might just send another one up for CHRISTMAS. (He fired off one last week, a "strategic" test). By the way I think the 'HUMAN RIGHTS' criticism is bullshit. I think he wants ANY REASON to fire one off or threaten to fire one off. This is an IN YOUR FACE defiance to TRUMP. What I don't know is why the warning! He wants something from Trump OR he is trying to box TRUMP to make him look feckless and impotent and embarrass the shit out of him. His strategy is way above my paygrade.

Anyway, so much for having "fallen in love."



North Korea warns US could ‘pay dearly’ for rights criticism


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By Agence France-Presse



North Korea on Saturday warned Washington would only aggravate tensions and “pay dearly” for criticizing Pyongyang over human rights, with nuclear negotiations between the two deadlocked.

The international community has frequently condemned North Korea for political repression, and for decades of prioritizing its military and its nuclear weapons program over adequately providing for its people.

Criticizing Pyongyang’s human rights record would only aggravate the “already tense situation” on the Korean peninsula, “like pouring oil over burning fire”, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The statement was in response to concern expressed by a US state department official over North Korea’s human rights situation, KCNA said.

The United States “will be made to pay dearly” for such remarks, the North Korean spokesperson was quoted by KCNA as saying.
The United Nations General Assembly this week had also condemned Pyongyang’s “long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross” violations of human rights.

Negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program have been deadlocked since a summit in Hanoi collapsed in February, and Pyongyang has said that if Washington fails to make it an acceptable offer, it will adopt an unspecified “new way”...


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Oh shit!

U.S. Braces for Major North Korean Weapons Test as Trump’s Diplomacy Fizzles

President Trump’s summits with Kim Jong-un have failed to bring concrete results, and the diplomatic vacuum has given North Korea more time to build its nuclear arsenal.


President Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in June on the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone.Credit...Erin Schaff/The New York Times


By David E. Sanger, Edward Wong and Michael Crowley

  • Dec. 21, 2019Updated 10:14 a.m. ET
WASHINGTON — American military and intelligence officials tracking North Korea’s actions by the hour say they are bracing for an imminent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching American shores, but appear resigned to the fact that President Trump has no good options to stop it.

If the North goes ahead with the test in the coming days — Pyongyang promised a “Christmas gift” if no progress had been made on lifting sanctions — it would be a glaring setback for Mr. Trump’s boldest foreign policy initiative, even as he faces an impeachment trial at home.

American officials are playing down the missile threat, though similar tests two years ago prompted Mr. Trump to suggest that “fire and fury,” and perhaps a war, could result.

Mr. Trump often cites the suspension of long-range missile and underground nuclear tests for the past two years as evidence that his leader-to-leader diplomacy with the North was working — and that such negotiating skills would persuade the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to give up his arsenal.

A newsletter of the stories you might have missed, curated by Times editors and personalized for you with machine learning. In your inbox every Friday.

The administration’s argument has now changed. Should Mr. Kim resume tests, American officials say, it will be a sign that he truly feels jammed, and has concluded Washington will not lift crushing sanctions on his impoverished nation anytime soon.

Left unaddressed, however, is the challenge that a new missile test would represent, and what that would mean for the sanctions strategy. Over the past week, Stephen E. Biegun, the North Korea envoy who was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday as the next deputy secretary of state, has traveled across East Asia to also try to stem new efforts by Russia and China to weaken those sanctions.

Military officials say there are no plans to try to destroy a missile on the launchpad, or intercept it in the atmosphere — steps both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama considered, and rejected. It is unclear if the military’s Cyber Command is still trying to sabotage the launches from afar, as it did under the Obama administration, with mixed results.

Instead, officials say, if the North resumes its missile tests, the Trump administration will turn to allies and again lobby the United Nations Security Council for tightened sanctions — a strategy that has been tried for two decades...

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/21/w...gtype=Homepage
 
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Oh shit!

U.S. Braces for Major North Korean Weapons Test as Trump’s Diplomacy Fizzles

President Trump’s summits with Kim Jong-un have failed to bring concrete results, and the diplomatic vacuum has given North Korea more time to build its nuclear arsenal.


President Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in June on the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone.Credit...Erin Schaff/The New York Times


By David E. Sanger, Edward Wong and Michael Crowley

  • Dec. 21, 2019Updated 10:14 a.m. ET
WASHINGTON — American military and intelligence officials tracking North Korea’s actions by the hour say they are bracing for an imminent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching American shores, but appear resigned to the fact that President Trump has no good options to stop it.

If the North goes ahead with the test in the coming days — Pyongyang promised a “Christmas gift” if no progress had been made on lifting sanctions — it would be a glaring setback for Mr. Trump’s boldest foreign policy initiative, even as he faces an impeachment trial at home.

American officials are playing down the missile threat, though similar tests two years ago prompted Mr. Trump to suggest that “fire and fury,” and perhaps a war, could result.

Mr. Trump often cites the suspension of long-range missile and underground nuclear tests for the past two years as evidence that his leader-to-leader diplomacy with the North was working — and that such negotiating skills would persuade the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to give up his arsenal.

A newsletter of the stories you might have missed, curated by Times editors and personalized for you with machine learning. In your inbox every Friday.

The administration’s argument has now changed. Should Mr. Kim resume tests, American officials say, it will be a sign that he truly feels jammed, and has concluded Washington will not lift crushing sanctions on his impoverished nation anytime soon.

Left unaddressed, however, is the challenge that a new missile test would represent, and what that would mean for the sanctions strategy. Over the past week, Stephen E. Biegun, the North Korea envoy who was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday as the next deputy secretary of state, has traveled across East Asia to also try to stem new efforts by Russia and China to weaken those sanctions.

Military officials say there are no plans to try to destroy a missile on the launchpad, or intercept it in the atmosphere — steps both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama considered, and rejected. It is unclear if the military’s Cyber Command is still trying to sabotage the launches from afar, as it did under the Obama administration, with mixed results.

Instead, officials say, if the North resumes its missile tests, the Trump administration will turn to allies and again lobby the United Nations Security Council for tightened sanctions — a strategy that has been tried for two decades...


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/21/w...gtype=Homepage
Bolton has a good bit to say about Trump and North Korea.
 
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Could it be that the bromance between Trump and NK's brutal bloody dictator could be over?
 
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Trump has made every effort at diplomacy in NK and if he eventually is forced to take military action nobody will be able to say he didn't try everything else first.
 
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Trump has made every effort at diplomacy in NK ...
As has every president before him did but it didn't stop Trump from criticizing them.

and if he eventually is forced to take military action nobody will be able to say he didn't try everything else first.
Bad option unless you think incinerating Seoul is worth the sacrifice.

There really are no good options with dealing with NK and there never were. Even the idiot in chief has probably realized that.
 
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Possibly still in Trump's head.
John Bolton Says North Korea 'Jiving' Trump, Thinks President is 'Desperate' For a Nuclear Weapons Deal
By David Brennan On 12/20/19 at 4:43 AM EST

 
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As has every president before him did but it didn't stop Trump from criticizing them.



Bad option unless you think incinerating Seoul is worth the sacrifice.

There really are no good options with dealing with NK and there never were. Even the idiot in chief has probably realized that.
I think you may be giving Trump too much credit. He probably still thinks he had a deal with Kim Jung Un to de nuclearize the Korean peninsula.
 
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I totally get that but he fired one off about 8 or 9 days ago, was that in anticipation of the UN 'sanctioning' him again, knowing it was coming?