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Donald Trump Pulls a Ron Paul with North Korea

By CJ Westfall | United States

Libertarians and non-interventionists have been pitching this idea for years. The hermit country of North Korea once again like it does every few years is back at the negotiating table talking peace. Should we believe them this time?

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton addressed this concern this Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation”, Bolton said: “Well, we’ve heard this before. This is – the North Korean propaganda playbook is an infinitely rich resource.”

“What we want to see from them is evidence that it’s real and not just rhetoric,” he added.

We’re all waiting on the edge of our seats for that evidence, and if it comes out there’s already talks of President Trump being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That’d be quite the award for a man who threatened “fire and fury” on the country just a few months ago. He wouldn’t be awarded for that rhetoric of course, he’d be awarded for pulling the roughly 28,500 troops from the region in exchange for North Korea abandoning it’s nuclear program.

The crazy part about this is that Libertarians have been talking about this forever. Ron Paul has been advocating for years that we pull our bases from that region altogether. How crazy is it that President Trump is now the subject of conversation relating to the Nobel Peace Prize because he’s considering a non-interventionist policy.

Some might oppose demilitarizing calling the method an isolationist approach. War hawks and Neo Cons on the left and right will try to keep President Trump from his win and will argue the Kim regime is still dangerous despite any evidence of denuclearization Kim Jong Un might offer. It always seems like there’s someone arguing for more intervention. Military provocation is undoubtedly counter-productive to peace. Some say that’s “isolationist.”

The problem with that is North Korea has already been isolated for years. It is isolationist to impose sanctions, to prohibit Americans from doing business, to impede or forbid travel by US citizens to countries with which the US government disagrees. North Korea is isolated in part because our government has isolated it. North Korea threatens to attack South Korea and the United States partly because South Korea and the United States continue to mount very provocative military exercises on North Korea’s border.

If President Trump wants to rack up the awards throughout his presidency, it sure seems like he should start listening to the Pauls.


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North Korea Accepts Peace Negotiation

By Jackson Parker | USA

With the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang officials are meeting at the border of the Koreas to discuss areas of mutual interest. Reopening the shut communication channel for the first time since January of 2016.

“The North has accepted our proposal to meet at Panmunjeom Peace House [Korean Demilitarized Zone] on January 9,”

says South Korean unification ministry spokesman Baik Tae-Hyun according to Yonhap News.

“The two sides decided to discuss working-level issues by exchanging documents,”

the meeting will be focused on issues

“related to the improvement of inter-Korean relations, including the PyeongChang Olympic Games.”

In Kim Jong-un’s new year speech to North Korea, he suggests that dialogue of reducing military tension is available. Seoul jumped on the opportunity and initiated the talk between neighbors.

Does anyone really believe that talks and dialouge would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total ‘might’ against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!

President Trump tweets victoriously on Thursday.

After 2 years of silence between the two Koreas, this newfound communication could ease tensions between the North and the South. The PyeongChang Winter Olympics have created a topic for the Koreas to come together and solve their issues to create peace on their peninsula and the rest of the world.

North Korea Should Be Treated Better

By Griffen Smith | USA

“The military might of a country represents its national strength” -Kim Jong Un. For the last two decades, news from the small communist country of North Korea has sounded like an action movie. North Korea, if anybody is unaware, is a tiny nation on the North end of a peninsula it shares with South Korea. It is also in the vicinity of China and Japan, along with the American controlled island of Guam. The North has only had three leaders ever, a hierarchy that is worshipped in the country. There have been countless reports of current leader Kim Jong Un launching bombs into the Pacific ocean, putting the world’s nuclear safety in jeopardy. Even more bizarre are tales of Un’s half-brother getting killed by “assassins,” sent by Kim himself.

Before processing what seems to be utter insanity, looking at the current US views on the Un regime seem to paint an even worse picture.  Donald Trump has responded that “fire and fury like the world has never seen” will come Un’s way if he tries to use a nuclear weapon against any nation. All of this rhetoric makes Americans strongly fear North Korea, as a Gallup poll in 2017 shows that over 50 percent of the United States calls them the “greatest immediate threat to the United States”. The survey adds even more factors, citing that almost 70% believe that North Korea is a major enemy of the United States. On the surface, North Korea appears to be an unstable country on the brink of collapse. However, analyzing the details reveals that Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship is making decisions that will keep North Korea around for decades. Yes, the people of North Korea will continue to suffer, but this is not stopping their leaders from carrying on rule. The reason why is because when looking into the cold war as well as the present, countries with nuclear weapons become more stabilized, and the Un regime is no exception to that rule. So though North Korea has humanitarian issues, America needs to start treating the Un regime like a legitimate nation instead of calling them crazy.

The most important part of North Korea’s sovereignty is their nuclear weapons. As nuclear scientist and North Korean nuclear expert Siegfried Hecker explains, all the talk about Kim Jong Un possessing weapons of mass destruction is actually true. In fact, in late 2016 Hecker claims that North Korea has “roughly 20 to 40 kilograms of plutonium and 200 to 450 kilograms of highly enriched uranium,” which is enough to make up to 25 nuclear bombs. These weapons have been tested in recent times, like a test on August 8th, 2017 that sparked harsh criticism from the international community. However, while North Korea has many reasons to possess nuclear weapons, the thing they will never use them for is actual warfare. New York Times writer Mark Lander explained in a November 28th article that North Koreans not only have the ability to shoot missiles at Guam but now the entire US mainland. However, North Korea has not fired any weapons at any countries. What many can infer from this is that actually starting a nuclear war is not an immediate goal of North Korea. Lander even admits that the nuclear test was a “bold act of defiance against president Trump,” simply because the US put Kim Jong Un as a state sponsor of terrorism earlier in the week. So when looking in comparison with the rest of the world, North Korea wants to have active nuclear weapons is so they can use them for leverage to the international community. All current nuclear countries, minus North Korea, are regional or global superpowers. Even nations which stability has been tested, for example, Israel, have had nuclear weapons to back their diplomacy up in the Middle East.

One misconception is that North Korea is too unstable to keep these weapons under wrap. A report from Global News in April of 2017 explains how world leaders like Justin Trudeau are very nervous with the Un regime. Specifically, the Canadian prime minister stated that he is worried by the “irresponsible” and “dangerous” acts of a “rogue regime in North Korea.” North Korea should be watched closely, but there are some clear indicators that show Un’s possession of these weapons will promote stability. This idea is driven by the military doctrine, Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation brings insight into the history of nuclear safety. The MAD theory was first used during the Cold War. Moreover,  it specifically was invented after the seven-day Cuban missile crisis in 1962. It details how both America and Russia have the nuclear capability to destroy each other, or at least large portions. Therefore, neither side would shoot because of the fear of a counterstrike. In short, “whoever shoots first, dies second.”  Kim Jong Un knows exactly what the MAD theory is. For example, he said in 2013 that “If [North Korea] push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocation will be reduced to seas of flames and ashes in a moment.” What this quote proves is that Un knows that nuclear war is unwinnable, thus he will never launch a weapon with the purpose of destroying another nation. North Korea is also not alone when it comes to a nuclear arms program. America has over 7,000 active nuclear weapons, which are tested in isolated parts of the country. When the US views North Korea today, Washington must realize that Kim Jong Un is using their nuclear stockpile like the Russians, and even America itself. That is why there is no invasion of South Korea, nor strikes by Un on unsuspecting nations because he and his dictatorship know there will be no victory. Moreover, possessing nuclear weapons not only prevents nuclear warfare, but also conventional warfare. Since WWII there have been no countries that have nuclear weapons fight in conventional warfare, and North Korea still holds true to that fact.

Nonetheless, the North Korean nuclear tests are unacceptable right now  The US and allies need to talk to Kim Jong Un about regulating nuclear tests. Diplomatic relations must be opened by the international community to make sure these tests are safe. However, history does show how the United States has carried out similar tests in the Pacific Ocean. According to a nuclear scientist named J.E. Hull, the US has tested over 50 nuclear weapons in the Pacific Ocean between 1946 and 1992. Moreover, when looking at the big picture, launching a ballistic missile into an Ocean is the best possible option right now.  The Pacific ocean is rather large, unpopulated, and much safer than testing over land populated by North Korean citizens.

In total, The US and allies need to acknowledge that North Korea’s goal is not to launch nuclear arms, rather gain power in the region. So rather than label North Korea as the biggest immediate threat to America, the US must recognize the Un regime as a regional power in Southeast Asia. What this will do is ease the actual tension between Un and the rest of the world, thus facilitating more diplomacy and less militarization.

Japan is Strengthening its Defense Arsenal Amid North Korean Weapon Tests

By Vaughn Hoisington | JAPAN

In an attempt to increase national security against the threat of North Korea’s missiles and nuclear program, Japan’s Defense Ministry has requested an additional 730 million yen ($6.4 million) to be added to the initial budget for 2018. The budget was already their highest ever, at ¥5.26 trillion ($47.6 billion), with an increase of 2.5 percent from last year’s initial budget.

The addition to the budget will be used to scout potential land-based sites in Akita and Yamaguchi Prefectures to deploy Aegis Ashore missile-defense units, which are believed to be the defense system Japan will purchase two of, with a portion of their originally requested budget. These units cost around ¥80 billion ($728 million) and were originally planned to be deployed in 2023, but the Japanese Government is allocating ¥2.1 billion ($18 million) from its supplementary budget to accelerate preparation for the development of missile defense complexes.

With Aegis Ashore missile-defense units, Japan’s missile defense system would become three-tiered. Japan’s current two-tiered system involves “ships armed with SM-3 interceptor missiles, which must knock down a ballistic missile on the middle part of its trajectory. If this is not done, the second level of missile defense will be deployed using the Patriot PAC-3, which must intercept the missile at the final stage of its flight.”

Along with plans to purchase Aegis Ashore missile-defense units from the U.S., the Defense Ministry will seek to use the budget to develop an improved anti-stealth radar system that can distinguish ballistic missiles that are more difficult to detect and improve detection capabilities on the Japan Aerospace Defense Ground Environment automatic alert control system. Japan’s Defense Ministry also plans to purchase six F-35A stealth fighters, maintain facilities on the southwestern island of Okinawa Prefecture for units of the Self-Defense Forces, and study the development of high-speed glide bombs with the remaining amount of the budget.

Why War With North Korea Simply Won’t Happen

By Griffen Smith | NORTH KOREA

 

In the last month, North Korea has launched multiple missile tests. Some of them went over Japan airspace, though all of them eventually went into the ocean. However, all come with condemnation from the United States and their allies. United States President Donald Trump says there will be “fire and fury” as retaliation in the case of any missile attacks from the small communist nation. US media has further escalated the issue, vividly describing the death and destruction that would ensue from these wars if they ever took place.

Unfortunately for them, there will never be a nuclear war to report on.

The possession of nuclear weapons, as explained by philosopher William Gay, actually discourages countries from war. In his paper titled “Apocalyptic thinking versus nonviolent action,” taking into account the use of a nuclear arsenal in potential conflicts actually decreases violence. In fact, he explains that in the numerous conflicts between countries in the 20th century, almost all countries used nonviolent modes of aggression. The reason countries are not convening in blatant warfare is because these countries possess the ability to destroy one another in less than an hour. Examples of the concept of mutually assured destruction (or MAD) can be seen in the Cold war, and now Korean tensions. This can also be seen today with the US putting sanctions on nuclear countries such as Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

What the media will not tell you is that nuclear weapons in the present are simply used for leverage, not for war. There has not been a single nuclear or even conventional war between two countries that have weapons of mass destruction. Yes, nuclear war has happened once. World War II holds the title as the only time conventional nuclear weapons were actually utilized. However, if Japan had developed the capability to launch nuclear weapons, the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki most likely would not have taken place for fear of retaliation. The doctrine of mutually assured destruction is what drives this philosophy of nonviolence. MAD explains how if both nations in any instance have nuclear weapons, then both will not fire because nuclear war is simply unwinnable. Simply put, “whoever shoots first, dies second.”

Lastly, journalists arguing that North Korea is different from past nuclear aggressors don’t take into account how the North Korean regime has threatened the world for decades. It all started in 1994 when a North Korean negotiator threatened to turn Seoul into “a sea of fire.” Since then a campaign if aggressive rhetoric has been coming from Pyongyang as well as America. For example, George Bush calling North Korea the “Axis of evil” in 2002. The Korean crisis is, at least at this moment, all bark, no bite. Furthermore, if Kim Jong Un wants a preserved North Korea, the last thing he would do would be to attack the most powerful military in the world, even with non-nuclear weapons.

So when looking at this threat of a supposed World War III with North Korea, one must look at what the media refuses to mention. Nuclear war is not feasible without complete destruction of the countries that participate in it, along with the rest of the world. Moreover, Nuclear weapons actually prevent violence through MAD. This is why there will not be a nuclear war in the near future, or as long as nuclear missiles are the pinnacle of military technology around the world.