The US Might Strike Not Only North Korea, But Also South Korea
Today's morning world sensation. North Korean television officially reported a successful test of a hydrogen warhead for intercontinental missiles. The order to produce an underground thermonuclear explosion, which is several times more powerful than a conventional nuclear one, was given personally by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. As you know, North Korea hasn't joined the international agreement on the nuclear testing ban.
The explosion caused a man-made earthquake of 5.6 points around the Phungery nuclear test site. The shocks were recorded by the seismological services of South Korea and Japan. It's clear that the explosion caused a flurry of diplomatic protests, and Japan and South Korea demanded to urgently convene the UN Security Council.
The topic of the thermonuclear explosion was urgently added to the agenda of the talks between the leaders Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. Since exactly today the Russian President arrived in the Chinese city of Xiamen to attend the BRICS summit. By the way, there was a plan to discuss the North Korean problem in-depth anyways. It's interesting that Russia and China have turned out to be the countries who can establish contact with North Korea, and thus influence the development of the situation. Of course, if the US doesn't decide, as they say, to flip over the chessboard.
Today it is the US that appears to be the most destabilizing factor. Not only does Trump state that «conversations in this situation will not help,» the threat of a preemptive strike on North Korea is constantly being heard from the White House, anti-missile systems are stationed in the region, and US carriers are showing up more frequently. This is only provoking Kim Jong-un more. Now he is ready to show the US what's up. Trump is making it clear that North Korea is the main headache for him.
Probably this is true, but not so much North Korea itself, as the mountain of diplomatic trash that the Americans piled up around this country. There are already so many military statements and threats that have been made that not to start a war, is to lose face for the US. In addition, Trump lost the countries, on whose partnership he could count. He offended China, belittling its role. He neglected Europe, which was horrified by the US militaristic frenzy. And announcing a package of new sanctions he grouped all together North Korea, Iran, and Russia. That is, he also managed to push Russia away. Very «farsighted.» Now it's foolish and terrible to fight, but it doesn't seem possible not to fight.
The White House took a pause and is waiting what the US Congress will say. To maintain morale, this week the US and its allies conducted joint exercises on the Korean peninsula allegedly in response to another missile launch from the North. Kim Jong-un's missile flew unimpeded over Japan, thereby humiliating the US missile defense system deployed in the region. So the US blow is inevitable? No, I don't want to believe this. After all, if there's a strike, then the risk is great that Seoul will also be destroyed. Many innocent victims. Heavy moral responsibility.
Plus, by reputation South Korea is a country of world famous brands: Samsung, Hyundai, LG. What did it do to deserve it? But it might anyways. It's time for the US to realize that North Korea has nuclear weapons. And perhaps, thermonuclear. From the border, Soul is just over 20 km. And in this area there are 20 million people! This is all known, of course, but it seems that the White House is not aware of it. A US strike against North Korea will not only mean a provocation of a nuclear war, it will mean its beginning. Who will be happy with such a war right now?
And Kim Jong-un will not have any options after US aggression. Then he will surely push the red button, because unlike Trump, Kim Jong-un is ready to die. With the principle of «as long as I take others with me.» So again, today the main component of global instability, where North Korea is the center, is the US. And American diplomacy is the weakest link.
Sergei Lavrov described the exact image of US foreign policy at a meeting with MGIMO students on September 1. When he was asked about Russian-US relations, he sadly joked about USA's solo break-dance. We sincerely want the bilateral political atmosphere to become normal, but as you know, you need two to tango, meanwhile in my opinion, our US partners are break-dancing alone over and over.