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Trump, Putin move missiles for North Korea War

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War clouds are gathering over North Korea as Pyongyang threatens to launch “all-out war” if United States goes ahead with military action.The Pentagon and Trump administration are going to the point of brinkmanship in pressurising denuclearization of North Korea but officials fear that  any mishap in the shape of intercepting missiles  could lead to a sudden breakout  of war.

President Trump is working on several highly controversial options specifically military options against North Korea. But there is a general consensus among US, Japan and South Korea that all options are on the table including tougher sanctions.

The defence secretary, James Mattis has briefed all the options to the Congress
1) USS Carl Vinson nuclear carrier strike group that includes Aegis -equipped destroyers is on the way for deployment to waters off the Korean Peninsula.

2) ANother  top secret option is to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong un  who is highly unpredictable  and war-mongering leader.

3) There is also an option to shoot-down North Korean missile during a test
4) To allow US and South Korean special forces (Spartan) to perform a special task of sabotaging nuclear systems.
5) Japanese prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced emergency plans for refugees from the Korean Peninsula.

The tensions between North Korea and US and its allies escalated with the provocative statement from either side.

After visiting Demilitarized Zone,Vice President Mike Pence said,” We will defeat any attack and we wll meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming  and effective response.”

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador Kim In Ryong threatened during a news conference that “US has turned the Korean Peninsula into the “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment.”

As DPRK conducted two nuclear tests and 24 ballistic missile tests last year , Trump administration declared an end to Obama’s ” strategic patience policy.”

If the Trump administration opts for any of the above said military alternatives  than it would risk  a high escalation that United States might not be able control  and that may lead to devastating consequences  to US and its allies South Korea  and Japan.

As Trump has asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to use its “unique influence” to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons.

Another major dimension has emerged with Russia dispatching Vladivostok ,eight miles from the North Korean border.The Russian and Chinese navy ships have been seen shadowing US fleet that threatens North Korean.

The US President who launched 59Tomahawk missiles on Syria just two days after the chemical strike  and after one week US military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb GBU-43B MOAB-Massive Ordinance Air Blast on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan shows that US can impose military consequences for any step that North Korea takes which  Trump  has already described as “unacceptable”.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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