North Korea: Fire, Fury and Fear
Alarm bells ringing as rampant speculation
breaks out over Pyongyang's 'possible'
miniaturized nuclear warheads
By Pepe Escobar
Beware the dogs
The same intel “folks” who brought to you babies
pulled from incubators by “evil” Iraqis as well
as non-existent WMDs are now
peddling the notion that North Korea has
produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead able to
fit its recently tested ICBM.
the core of an analysis completed in July by the
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Additionally,
US intel believes that Pyongyang now has access
to up to 60 nuclear weapons.
ground US intel on North Korea is virtually
non-existent – so these assessments amount to
guesswork at best.
But when we couple the guesswork with an annual
earlier this week by the Japanese Defense
bells do start ringing.
white paper stresses Pyongyang’s “significant
headway” in the nuclear race and its “possible”
(italics mine) ability to develop miniaturized
nuclear warheads able to fit on the tips of its
This “possible” ability is drowned in outright
the report states, “It
is conceivable that North Korea’s nuclear
weapons program has already considerably
advanced and it is possible that North Korea has
already achieved the miniaturization of nuclear
bombs into warheads and has acquired nuclear
Western corporate media would hardly refrain
from metastasizing pure
a “North Korea has miniaturized nuclear weapons”
frenzy consuming the cable news cycle/ newspaper
hearts and minds comfortably numbed by the fear
Japanese white paper, conveniently, also
escalated condemnation of China over Beijing’s
actions in both the East and South China seas.
So let’s look at the agendas in play. The
War Party in the US, with its myriad
connections in the industrial-military-media
complex, obviously wants/needs war to keep the
machinery oiled. Tokyo, for its part, would much
appreciate a pre-emptive US military attack –
and damn the inevitable, massive South Korean
casualties that would result from Pyongyang’s
It’s quite enlightening that Tokyo, for all
practical purposes, considers China as a
“threat” as serious as North Korea; Defense
Minister Itsunori Onodera went straight to the
point when he said, “North Korea’s missiles
represent a deepening threat. That, along with
China’s continued threatening behavior in the
East China Sea and South China Sea, is a major
concern for Japan.” Beijing’s response was
Kim Jong-Un, demonized ad infinitum, is not a
fool, and is not going to indulge in a ritual seppuku unilaterally
attacking South Korea, Japan or US territory.
Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal represents the
deterrent against regime change that Saddam
Hussein and Gaddafi could not count on. There’s
only one way to deal with North Korea, as I’ve argued
diplomacy. Tell that to Washington and Tokyo.
Meanwhile, there’s United Nations Security
Council Resolution 2371. It
does target North Korea’s major exports – coal,
iron, seafood. Coal accounts for 40% of
Pyongyang’s exports, and arguably 10% of GDP.
new sanctions package does not touch imports of
oil and refined-oil products from China. That’s
one of the reasons why Beijing voted in favor.
Beijing’s strategy is a very Asian attempt to
find a face-saving solution – and that takes
resolution 2371 buys time – and may
dissuade the Trump administration, for now, from
going heavy metal, with horrible consequences.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi cautiously stated the
sanctions are a sign of international opposition
to North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons
programs. The last thing Beijing needs is a war
right on its borders, also bound to negatively
interfere with the expansion of the New Silk
Roads, a.k.a. Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
could always work on re-building trust between
Pyongyang and Washington. That’s an order taller
than the Himalayas. One
just needs to look back at the 1994 Agreed
signed during Bill Clinton’s first term.
framework was supposed to freeze – and even
dismantle – Pyongyang’s nuclear program and was
bound to normalize US-North Korea relations. A
US-led consortium would build two light-water
nuclear reactors to compensate for Pyongyang’s
loss of nuclear power; sanctions would be
lifted; both parties would issue “formal
assurances” against the use of nuclear weapons.
happened. The framework collapsed in 2002 – when
North Korea was enshrined in the “axis of evil”
by the Cheney regime. Not to mention that the
Korean War is still, technically, on; the 1953
armistice was never replaced by a real peace
So what next? Three
of an engineered false flag, to be
blamed on Pyongyang; that would be the
perfect pretext for war.
narrative is eerily similar to the usual
suspects blaring since forever that
Iran is a heartbeat away from “building a
Korea holds trillions
of US dollars in unexplored mineral wealth. Watch
the shadowplay by candidates bound to profit
from such juicy loot.
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