Cool-down plans for US and North Korea nuclear crisis

From Zero Hedge:

In a glimmer of hope that a military conclusion to the North Korean crisis may yet be averted, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that “Russia does not accept a North Korea that possesses nuclear weapons”, cautioned that there is an “overwhelming amount of over-the-top belligerent rhetoric on North Korea’s nuclear and rocket programs from Washington and Pyongyang”, but most importantly said that there is a joint Russian-Chinese plan to defuse the North Korean crisis, according to which North Korea would freeze its missile tests, while the US and South Korea would stop large scale exercises.

 “Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes ‘double freezing’: Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North’s tests.”

It was not clear if Russia or China, had floated this plan with the US or S. Korea prior; the most likely answer is no.

Hoping that “common sense will ultimately prevail“, Lavrov said that North Korea had once signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but then withdrew from it. The result is a nuclear-armed N.Korea which Russia refuses to accept: “Now North Korea claims that it has legal rights to make nuclear weapons and has already done so,” he said. “But you know our position: we don’t accept the fact that North Korea could possess nuclear weapons.”

 He added that both Russia and China have a “range of proposals” aimed at preventing what could become “one of the deepest conflicts” and a “crisis with a big number of casualties.”
Still, Lavrov said that Moscow is worried about Washington’s remarks on a preemptive strike on North Korea, and said that Russia is doing its best to prevent this from happening.

“There are direct threats of deploying military power,” he stated adding that “Russia is doing its best to prevent this from happening”

Earlier on Friday, China’s Global Times government-owned tabloid said that “China would not allow” the US to implement a regime change in Pyongyang.

Finally, in terms of next steps, Lavrov said that Washington should take the first step to reconciliation in the escalating crisis:

“The side that is stronger and cleverer” should take the first step to defuse tensions, he said speaking live on state television.

Lavrov echoed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who earlier on Friday said Berlin would support “any non-military solutions” regarding North Korea but deemed an escalation of rhetoric “the wrong answer.”

“I don’t see a military solution to this conflict,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin. “I see the need for enduring work at the UN Security Council … as well as tight cooperation between the countries involved, especially the US and China.”

    • Agree on the cooler heads plan but such cooler heads would be needed on BOTH sides of this and not just on one side of it.  Sitting on our butts and refusing to do anything can also get people killed.  We have this problem to resolve today because our last 4 presidents chose the do-nothing / let someone else worry about it path.

       

  1. Even if Russia/China convince little Kim from testing his nuclear weapons he’ll just do what he’s always done which is cheat. We shouldn’t be in this position in the first place, prior Presidential administrations put us here. It will be costly, perhaps very costly, but best to deal with little Kim ASAP before he is even more nuclear capable.

    • Recognizing reality does not necessarily result in a military career.

      My question is, “How many times must the world face yet another Hitler-wannabe and do f***-all about it until it is too late?”.  History already shows that it is this approach that has often led to disaster.

       

  2. The silver doctors must work for the main stream media .Who gives a crap about North Korea .I thought The mighty US of A-holes had weapons that could shoot down nuclear warheads ´.Maybe they can use the ones that were unpluged before  the twin towers  were robbed and then demolished. China and Russia are lickng their chops just waiting for the Trumpster to shit in his mess kit.This time there will probably be three million Chinese with Russian appliances to deal with.To all women out there If you boyfriend doesn´t know how to shoot a gun then you have a girlfriend.

    • Forget the assassination team and drone the SOB… preferably when he is right in the middle of broadcasting a video while mouthing off threats to nuke the US or our allies.  Think of Baghdad Bob claiming that “There are no Americans anywhere near Baghdad!”… as chandeliers swung, dust fell from the ceiling, and booms were heard over the audio portion of the video.

       

  3. I find it interesting to read about ancient civilizations evidenced by pyramids and space ships and more. Someone put the question out there that the asteroid belt could have formed after the planets suggesting the asteroid belt could be the remains of a planet that blew apart. It is no joke that a single Russian nuclear missile can destroy the state of New York. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi the popular politician from Burma once said of their military junta, it takes much more intelligence to have a discussion with a man holding a gun. The long term future of military types solving problems with their guns and missiles is a second asteroid belt. What matters most to me is for the talks the international community has with North Korea will produce an outcome that is intelligent, that intelligence wins the way forward. The bright future of the international community is for their guns and missiles to get dusty and old in the shed. The bright future of the international community depends of the voices of well minded intelligent people being heard. Unfortunately I really cannot hear enough of these people for what ever reason that may be. I think Donald Trump is intelligent but sometimes I wonder if I am just dreaming.

    • Practically everyone hopes for that outcome but we also know that hope is not a plan.  We also know that there are people in this world that simply refuse to deal with others on an intelligent basis.  Sadly, this is far more likely to be about testosterone than it is about endorphins.

       

  4. http://www.newsweek.com/us-forget-korean-war-led-crisis-north-592630

    These paragraphs pretty much sum it up, along with the fact that North Koreans have a memory:

    “During the course of the three-year war, which both sides accuse one another of provoking, the U.S. dropped 635,000 tons of explosives on North Korea, including 32,557 tons of napalm, an incendiary liquid that can clear forested areas and cause devastating burns to human skin. (In constrast, the U.S. used 503,000 tons of bombs during the entire Pacific Theater of World War Two, according to a 2009 study by the Asia-Pacific Journal.) In a 1984 interview, Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, claimed U.S. bombs “killed off 20 percent of the population” and “targeted everything that moved in North Korea.” These acts, largely ignored by the U.S.’ collective memory, have deeply contributed to Pyongyang’s contempt for the U.S. and especially its ongoing military presence on the Korean Peninsula.”

    “Cumings outlined his controversial revision of the U.S.’ account of the conflict in 1980’s award-winning book “The Origins of the Korean War,” which was followed in 1991 by a second volume that also received an international literary prize. He charges the U.S. with the indiscriminate carpet bombing of North Korean cities, which led to significant civilian deaths throughout Washington’s effort to cleanse the Korean Peninsula from communist forces sponsored by Cold War foes, the Soviet Union and China. These underreported atrocities, the extent of which have been debated among experts, were formative to North Korean society, in which nearly every aspect of life is influenced by government ideology to some degree, and glossed over in most U.S. history books.”

    I think any progress on the diplomatic front will require the USA to make a huge public apology as a starting point. North Koreans are frozen in time (1950-53) because of this trauma and I believe public acknowledgement of the devastation that the USA caused to civilian life will release much of the trauma.

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