Why doesn't Trump totally destroy North Korea

North Korea: Trump has declared war

After the US let strategic bombers fly at the border as a threat, North Korea says it has the right to self-defense and threatens to be shot down

The North Korean regime is drawing level with the threats from US President Donald Trump, who announced during his speech at the UN General Assembly that the US had the capacity to "totally destroy" North Korea. North Korea then announced an aboveground nuclear test. Whereupon on Saturday the Pentagon launched strategic B-1B bombers closer than ever to the border with North Korea. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho responded by saying in New York yesterday that Trump had declared war on his country and that Pyongyang therefore had the right to defend itself. Trump and Kim Jong-un seem to have met the right people, who always have to show strength in order to turn the escalation spiral step by step and call each other crazy.

After the speech of the North Korean Foreign Minister, who complained about the designation of Kim Jong-un as a "rocket man", saw the "megalomaniac" Trump on a "suicide mission" and threatening nuclear attacks on the USA, he once again had one of his notorious tweets removed, who further rocked the conflict: "I have just heard the North Korean Foreign Minister speak at the UN. If he reproduces the thoughts of the Little Rocket Man, they will not be around much longer." He had also previously accused Iran of cooperating with North Korea.

Ri Yong-ho called this threat from Trump a declaration of war and added a new threat: "As long as the US has declared war, even if American strategic bombers do not fly over North Korean airspace, we will have the right to all self-defense measures perceive. " That should mean, among other things, that North Korea could possibly open fire on further flights at the border. In fact, such threatening flights allow the possibility of a sudden attack.

The once again thoughtless statement by the president, who relies on the threat of violence, is not a declaration of war, but a threat, as Sarah Huckabee Sanders, spokeswoman for the White House, also emphasized. Since Trump is only semi-officially on Twitter and apparently without his advisory staff, this could quickly lead to conflicts. The Pentagon stood behind Trump. Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Robert Manning warned once again that if North Korea does not stop provocations, "the President will be given options to deal with North Korea." And when that comes from the Pentagon, it means it's about military action.

It is by no means just an escalation of words, but an escalation of threats, led by the pointing of weapons, that could inadvertently provoke the outbreak of a military conflict if the US conducts major military exercises off North Korea and explicitly threatens the deployment of strategic bombers with atomic bombs , while North Korea provocatively tests missiles and nuclear weapons and permanently threatens a nuclear counter-attack should it be attacked.

Is it an atomic bomb or not?

It is still unclear whether North Korea can actually equip a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead that will remain functional when it re-enters the atmosphere, but everyone must now expect another missile test from land or from a submarine with an atomic bomb could take place. It would also be dangerous if the shooting failed and the atom bomb went off, which could contaminate parts of North Korea and South Korea.

Attempting to launch the missile would also be extremely dangerous. If one of the US missile defense systems were to be really successful in an emergency, which is a great unknown, a similar scenario could arise for the Korean Peninsula, Japan, Guam or even US territory during launch or re-entry into the atmosphere.

And there would also be a fiasco if an attempt to launch a North Korean missile with or without a nuclear warhead failed. The risk would be particularly high if North Korea were to launch several or many missiles. The missile defense shield is not designed for this and has never been tested. Failure to do so would strengthen North Korea's position and collapse the US promise to protect the Allies. For China and Russia, which continue to try to moderate the US and clear the way for negotiations, this would be a triumph; for both the strategic balance has been undermined by the missile defense shield in favor of the US, which is why nuclear armament has long been taking place again. (Florian Rötzer)

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