Wednesday, November 29, 2017


The news that North Korea has launched another ICBM into the Sea of Japan where it landed inside the Japanese EEZ is troubling indeed.    It will be seen by China, the United States, Japan and South Korea as another indication of the rogue states refusal to curtail its nuclear missile programme.

War can only ever be the final option.   It has not reached that stage yet but the nuclear clock is ticking towards twelve.    There are extensive sanctions in place although you an bet your bottom dollar that the DPRK is heavily engaged in finding ways to circumvent them in much the same way as South Africa and Rhodesia did in the 1970s.

There is one further option which is no doubt being explored ... the introduction of a cordon sanitaire against North Korean ports and preventing ship entry/exit to those ports much like President Kennedy's blockade of Cuba in 1962 at the time of the Cuban missile crisis.

There are only five ports of any significance in Korea; two on the west coast and five on the north coast.    The countries largest port is Nampo on the west coast along with four medium sized ports; Haeju on the west coast and Wonsan, Hungnam and Chongjin on the east coast.    

It would be relatively easy to disable any ship attempting breakout/breakthrough and provided it was done in international waters and against a backdrop of warnings there is not really too much difference between that and the sanctions regime already in place.    One thing for sure ... the United States is not going to sit back and do nothing in response to Kim Jong-un's latest provocation.


David said...

Russia to Test Deadliest Nuke Twice Before Year’s end.




Pakistan Successfully Test-Fires Submarine-Launched Babur-3 Missile.

Crickets. Although it seems as though this one might have been more propaganda than reality.

Watchdog group finds slight fall in number of nukes worldwide, from 15,395 to 14,935; Israel one of 9 named nuclear powers, with 80 warheads.


North Korea launches a missile-

The sky is falling, panic all-round, man the barricades, dig the shelters.

Of the nine known nuclear armed States, North Korea is the one with the fewest. The most are Russia and the USA, both countries who see no problem with using military force to achieve their aims.

here is a list of countries bombed by The USA since 1945

China 1945-46

Korea 1950-53

China 1950-53

Guatemala 1954

Indonesia 1958

Cuba 1959-60

Guatemala 1960

Belgian Congo 1964

Guatemala 1964

Dominican Republic 1965-66

Peru 1965

Laos 1964-73

Vietnam 1961-73

Cambodia 1969-70

Guatemala 1967-69

Lebanon 1982-84

Grenada 1983-84

Libya 1986

El Salvador 1981-92

Nicaragua 1981-90

Iran 1987-88

Libya 1989

Panama 1989-90

Iraq 1991

Kuwait 1991

Somalia 1992-94

Bosnia 1995

Iran 1998

Sudan 1998

Afghanistan 1998

Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999

Afghanistan 2001

Libya 2011

Here is a list of Countries bombed by North Korea since 1945

I know who scares me more.

The Veteran said...

David ... you wanna shill for North Korea and go to it old son.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I wonder how far away we are from the US, Japan or South Korea actually shooting down one of Rocket Boy's toys.

T my way of thinking, the ultimate 'containment' strategy would be simply to let him know that his rockets 'ain't goin' nowhere no more.'

Noel said...

This cropped up a couple of months ago.

The Chinese border will remain open.

I'm not a fan of ceasing dialogue as has happened with Trump.

My proposal would be to say to NK you can have a few nukes, as your perceived deterrent, but you have to cease any further development of ICBMs.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... I could go along with that although it might create difficulties for the South Korean and Japanese governments. My concern is that right now and unless there is some sort of pull back by the DPRK then the US and North Korea are on a collision course to nowhere.

Gerald said...

Not a lot of shipping to some of your ports.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


Roosevelt was not a fan of ceasing dialogue with Japan. That worked a treat.

I'm not aware the current US administration has 'ceased dialogue' as you put it. You can bet your boots there is plenty of diplomatic activity going on below the radar of our glorious MSM.

Seigneur Bacon et Oeuf said...

Adolf, well, there WOULD be some dialogue if there was a US Ambassador to South Korea. You'd think that the Manchild in the Oval Office could have at least filled that vacancy. But no, playing golf, twittering about perceived slights, begging to be on the cover of Time magazine, all takes precedence over doing the actual job of President.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Ledgut, you haven't improve with rebranding. If anything, you have regressed.

1 President Trump actually told Time to fuck off when they approached him on the matter of a cover picture.

2 South Korea doesn't have much influence with North Korea, or had you not noticed? There is an excellent US ambassador where it counts, in Beijing.

Gerald said...

NK has a practice of firing up on an American Holiday.
Must have been waiting for Trump to finish his turkey.

Seigneur Bacon et Oeuf said...

Troll Adolt DLT, we know that Trump is an inveterate liar, so I doubt he needs yo to lie on his behalf.

There was never any contact from Time re a photo, a cover, or anything else. But we do know that Trump has a number of fake Time covers with him on them, such insecurity in a man who is so powerful, so wealthy, so intelligent, so beloved by his people. How much more will he lie about?

Trump is obsessed with being on the cover of Time and here is why.

Anonymous said...

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