U.S., S. Korea fly 20 fighter jets amid North Korea tensions

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      soryang
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      THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

      June 7, 2022 at 15:40 JST

      Traveling to Seoul to discuss the standoff with South Korean and Japanese allies, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman warned of a “swift and forceful” response if the North carries out another nuclear test.

      While the Biden administration has vowed to push for additional international sanctions if North Korea goes on with the nuclear test, the prospects for meaningful new punitive measures are unclear with the U.N. Security Council divided.

      “Any nuclear test would be in complete violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. There would be a swift and forceful response to such a test,” Sherman said, following a meeting with South Korea Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun-dong.

      “We continue to urge Pyongyang to cease its destabilizing and provocative activities and choose the path of diplomacy,” she said.

      Sherman and Cho are planning a trilateral meeting with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo on Wednesday over the North Korean nuclear issue.

      https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14639450

      Worth reading the whole article, even though it doesn’t tell the whole litany of events. It even left out the US-ROK combined fleet operations with the US carrier strike force near Okinawa.

      I half jokingly said that US “envoy to North Korea,” Sung Kim’s talent was being wasted talking to South Korean and Japanese counterparts and that he should go to Geneva to get some back channel talks going with North Korea ASAP. Further that any run of the mill diplomat could get the alliance ready for war with North Korea. Now it appears to be the case with Wendy Sherman spouting threats to North Korea. Weren’t the recent military demonstrations enough, the “elephant walk,” the movement of strategic bombers to Guam, the joint US-ROK carrier strike force maneuvers near Okinawa, the launch of eight ballistic missiles by both sides on Jun 5, and now this joint US-ROK fighter exercise. Each of the North Korean provocations was preceded or followed by a US-ROK military move. The pronouncements of Biden and Yoon regarding the increased scope of military exercises and the return of US strategic assets to the Korean region, seem to put a return to the Singapore formula out of reach, and a path of escalation is definitely unwinding before our eyes.

      Former President Moon Jae-in would not allow any talk of a forcible response to North Korea by the US go by without saying, there would be no attack of any kind on North Korea without his approval. The new president Yoon Seok-yeol, has zero foreign policy or military experience, and is just blindly following the US lead which is a formula for disaster in the far east. Wendy Sherman is a sociology major, I believe. I’ve read that Lloyd Austin has been on the phone with the Chinese Defense Minister, I hope they stay in close touch. This situation is still deteriorating. Sherman’s language is quite alarming.

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      NV Wino
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      You can poke the bear all you want. Putin appears to be sane enough to understand that a nuclear response would be foolhardy, if not totally disastrous. Kim What’shisname… not so much.

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
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        soryang
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        …during “fire and fury” days, that a “bloody nose” or “preemptive strike” by the US forces would be a very bad idea. Among those Victor Cha in the US, and Thae Yong-ho in Korea. The putative front runner for US ambassador to South Korea at the time, Joseph Yun, was taken out of contention for saying the same thing. I should note that the Holiday O article in 38North seemed to suggest that the North wouldn’t be inclined to test a nuke while it undertook the rotating presidency of the Conference on Disarmament. I think the US may have missed a signal there, maybe someone will pick up on this.

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