Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Fears of war with North Kore

Ex-MI6 chief fears Trump will launch catastrophic war on North Korea

Ex-MI6 chief fears Trump will launch catastrophic war on North Korea
10 April, 2017

US President Donald Trump could lead the world into a catastrophic war with North Korea because of his inexperience and temperament, former British spy boss Sir John Sawers has warned.

The former spymaster warned that Trump’s temperament could plunge the UK into a war in the Far East which would be more dangerous than anything that could emerge in Syria.

[Trump’s] not someone who fills me with confidence,” Sawers told the BBC.

He doesn’t have the background and the experience and the instincts of being an effective US president, but it is in our interests that we have a US administration that upholds the international system, that supports its allies and supports international norms,” he said.

The more serious figures in the US administration have been stepping in to make up for Trumps’ rashness and inexperience after the US missile strike on a Syrian airbase, said Sawers.

We see the sensible grown-ups within the administration taking charge and the rather ideological figures around Trump himself being marginalized, and that’s to be welcomed,” he dded.

The former intelligence chief said the Korean peninsula is by far the most serious potential flashpoint at the moment.

If you are looking for a world crisis which could bring about the dangers of a clash between great powers then North Korea is a bigger concern than Syria,” he said.

In March, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the strategy of patience with North Korea was over.

The aircraft carrier ‘USS Carl Vinson’ has recently redirected to the seas around the peninsula.

Sawers said that Washington’s increased militarization of the region was designed to show North Korea and China that “the US was willing to use force against another state to uphold international order, uphold international norms.
He insisted this was a calculated move that would see North Korea treated “very seriously.

I think what the Chinese are beginning to understand is that if this can’t be solved peaceably through negotiations, through pressure, then there is serious risk that the US will have only one option left, which is the military option,” Sawers warned.

China Deploys 150,000 Troops to North Korean Border

With the world waiting to see if the madness in Syria will devolve into a true global conflagration, Korean media reported Monday that China has just deployed around 150,000 troops to its border with North Korea.

From the Chosun news agency:

As the United States announced its independent North Korean behavior and moved the United States Navy’s nuclear-powered Calvinus (CVN-70) carrier class to Singapore, the Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.”

According to Chosun, one of the biggest media agencies in South Korea, the witness who filed the report says China was shocked by the U.S. airstrike in Syria, and the troop movement may be a direct response.
Highlighting the heightened tensions since North Korea’s most recent round of missile launches, the newspaper goes on to describe the type of military assets being moved to the border:

The core units that respond immediately to the drastic changes in North Korea are the 39th group and the 40th group, each of which has its headquarters in Yingkou and Jinzhou in Liaoning Province. The 39th group is a heavy army mechanized unit and the 40th group is the rapid reaction group.”

The news had an immediate effect on the stock market, as reported by Nasdaq:
The benchmark averages have surrendered earlier gains on news that China has deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border, and the U.S. is considering further sanctions against Russia.”

As Anti-Media has been reporting, the war drums are already beating in the South China Sea, with nations picking sides and positioning military hardware. Now, a whole hell of a lot of additional warm — and armed — Chinese bodies are being added to that mix.

Tis breaking news story may be updated.

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