Note – October 15 is Trump's deadline over Iran
THE NUCLEAR CLOCK IS TICKING
All eyes are on October 15 *
And that would also clear the way for – horror of horrors – nuclear war.
Trump has already, explicitly, said (and tweeted) diplomacy means nothing. He’s bound to destroy the DPRK (what all that implies; millions of “collateral damage”, North AND “our ally” in the South).
Phase 1 of the pys ops is already accomplished; labeling Kim and the DPRK as “evil” and “mad”. Phase 2 is a go; that “set of military options” already advertised by Mad Dog.
So now the nuclear clock depends on whether the DPRK gets a nuclear-armed ICBM capable of striking the continental US before sanctions really start to bite.
Make no mistake; a US PREEMPTIVE NUCLEAR STRIKE is very much on the table.
Even after Beijing said China will intervene in support of Pyongyang. And even after Moscow (via Lavrov) said the US won’t attack.
In parallel though, allegedly “serious” places such as the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins/SAIS (actually an exceptionalist den) are breathlessly peddling the notion of “a thorough and well-planned nuclear strike drawing on US strategic forces” that “might well successfully disarm the DPRK and paralyze its command and control”.
The operative concept is “NUCLEAR.” And note the cowardly “might well successfully”. Or might NOT – and retaliation will be a bitch.
Lord have mercy.
One of the most argued issues in the media, in the Iranian context, is the debate regarding October 15th. On that date, the US administration is required to report to the congress on Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal for the third time. Many see a potential turning point. The pro-deal lobbyists have upped their pressure
Hours after it was revealed South Korean President Moon Jae-in sanctioned supersonic US B-1B Lancers to fly north of the demilitarized zone off the North Korean coast, a former US general said the Pentagon estimates 20,000 people would be killed per day in South Korea should war break out on the peninsula, CNBC reports.