Trump Administration Preparing Options to Confront North Korea

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by Stephen Lendman
Instead of engaging North Korea responsibly, ending decades of hostility, Trump intends confrontation – how yet to unfold.
The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was ordered to position itself off North Korea’s coast, a show of force, a hostile act.
A spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said America’s action “goes to prove (its) reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase.”
Its military “is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US. We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms.”
“We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.”
On Sunday, US National Security Advisor McMaster said Korean peninsula denuclearization “must happen. The president has asked…for a full range of options to remove that threat.”
Trump administration hostility toward Syria and North Korea risks potentially catastrophic war on two fronts, including possible use of nuclear weapons.
On Tuesday, the UK Mirror headlined “Trump orders military advisors to prepare plans to hit North Korea,” saying:
“It is believed that among (possible) options are combined special forces raids and pre-emptive missile strikes.”
China reportedly mobilized 150,000 troops along North Korea’s border in case Washington launches attacks.
Pyongyang’s leadership denounced Trump’s aggression on Syria last week, saying it justifies its nuclear deterrent, given the threat America poses.
Ahead of Tillerson’s arrival in Moscow, Putin said “(w)e have reports from multiple sources that false flags like (the Kahn Shiekhoun CW incident) are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack.”
What’s happening in Syria is reminiscent of events preceding Bush/Cheney’s devastating 2003 Iraq war, Putin explained.
Is something similar being planned to justify attacking North Korea?  It’s unclear what’s precisely coming, but Trump’s aggressive so far is great cause for great concern about what he plans next.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.