UN ambassador Nikki Haley says ‘enough is enough’ after North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test, and that Kim Jong-un is ‘begging for war’.
Please consider Haley Asks UN to Impose ‘Strongest Possible’ Measures on North Korea.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said on Monday it was time for the UN security council to impose “the strongest possible measures” on North Korea over its sixth and largest nuclear test because “enough is enough”.
Haley said the incremental sanctions approach of the 15-member council to North Korea since 2006 had not worked and she described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as “begging for war”.
And she rejected as “insulting” a Chinese proposal for a freeze on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korean annual military drills.
The US ambassador did not spell out what measures Washington would support, but diplomats have indicated that an oil embargo would have a crippling effect on the North Korean economy.
Russia backs China’s proposal for a freeze on North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korea military drills.
The council has imposed seven sets of sanctions on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006, but Pyongyang has repeatedly found ways to circumvent the measures.
The most recent resolutions, however, have significantly toughened the sanctions, targeting key exports sectors such as coal that are a source of hard currency for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s regime.
South Korea Launches Ballistic Missiles in Simulated Attack on North Korea – Video
Here’s another idle threat from Trump.
China is North Korea’s largest trading partner. Is the US going to stop trading with China? The question has a quick answer: “No”.
Of course, sanctions do not work in the first place.
Japan History Lesson
Patrick J. Buchanan asks and answers the question: Why Did Japan Attack Us?
To understand why Japan lashed out, we must go back to World War I. Japan had been our ally. But when she tried to collect her share of the booty at Versailles, she ran into an obdurate Woodrow Wilson.
Wilson rejected Japan’s claim to German concessions in Shantung, home of Confucius, which Japan had captured at a price in blood.
In 1921, at the Washington Naval Conference, the United States pressured the British to end their 20-year alliance with Japan. By appeasing the Americans, the British enraged and alienated a proud nation that had been a loyal friend.
Japan was now isolated, with Stalin’s brooding empire to the north, a rising China to the east and, to the south, Western imperial powers that detested and distrusted her.
When civil war broke out in China, Japan in 1931 occupied Manchuria as a buffer state. This was the way the Europeans had collected their empires. Yet, the West was “shocked, shocked” that Japan would embark upon a course of “aggression.” Said one Japanese diplomat, “Just when we learn how to play poker, they change the game to bridge.”
After Hitler invaded Russia in June 1941, Japan moved into southern Indochina. FDR ordered all Japanese assets frozen.
But FDR did not want to cut off oil. As he told his Cabinet on July 18, an embargo meant war, for that would force oil-starved Japan to seize the oil fields of the Dutch East Indies. But a State Department lawyer named Dean Acheson drew up the sanctions in such a way as to block any Japanese purchases of U.S. oil. By the time FDR found out, in September, he could not back down.
Facing a choice between death of the empire or fighting for its life, Japan decided to seize the oil fields of the Indies. And the only force capable of interfering was the U.S. fleet that FDR had conveniently moved from San Diego out to Honolulu.
And so Japan attacked.
Had FDR met Prince Konoye, there might have been no Pearl Harbor, no Pacific war, no Hiroshima, no Nagasaki, no Korea, no Vietnam. How many of our fathers and uncles, brothers and friends, might still be alive?
“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been.'” A few thoughts as the War Party pounds the drum for an all-out American war on Iraq and radical Islam.
Iraq History Lesson
On trumped up lies about weapons of mass destruction, the US invaded Iraq, removed Saddam Hussein, destabilizing the entire region. No WOMDs were discovered.
UK prime minister Tony Blair was part of the “coalition of the willing” in the attack on Iraq.
Blair now admits this directly led to the creation of ISIS. For discussion, please see Tony Blair’s Disingenuous, Self-Serving Analysis of Iraq.
Iran History Lesson
In 1953, the US sponsored a coup in Iran that deposed freely elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. This ultimately led to the Iranian revolution and many subsequent feuds with the US.
In now declassified documents, the CIA admits role in 1953 Iranian coup.
How can anyone blame Iran for wanting to protect itself against an attack by the US in light of the 1953 coup and the mindless US devastation in Iraq?
North Korea History Lesson
If North Korea did not have a bomb, the US likely would have scorched North Korea already.
That’s the fourth history lesson.
Precisely what is insulting about the Chinese proposal that would “freeze North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korean annual military drills”?
Only those seeking perpetual war should be insulted by the offer.
What’s Trump to Do?
Attacking North Korea could lead to retaliation against South Korea, with devastating consequences.
What’s the Solution?
For a discussion of the above Tweet, including many details of the South Korean economy, please see North Korea Explodes Hydrogen Bomb, Triggers 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake: What’s Trump to Do?
The best idea on the table is the “insulting” proposal by China to “freeze North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs in exchange for a suspension of US-South Korean annual military drills”.
It’s unclear that North Korea would go along.
Regardless, history strongly suggests war is not the answer and neither are sanctions. In fact, sanctions could cause North Korea to start a nuclear war.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock