Trump Considering “Kinetic Military Action” On North Korea Including “Sudden Strike”

Following Sunday’s failed medium-range missile test by Kim Jong-Un, President Donald Trump has been evaluating his response options and according to Bloomberg, which cited a “person familiar with his thinking”, is willing to consider ordering “kinetic” military action, including a sudden strike, to “counteract North Korea’s destabilizing actions in the region”

However, before launching another offensive campaign – or war as some would call it – Trump’s preference is for China to take the lead on dealing with North Korea, according to the source.

While still afforded the luxury of time, Trump may be forced to decide soon how to respond: on its take on the ongoing North Korea crisis, the New York Times said in a front-page article that “what is playing out, said Robert Litwak of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, … is ‘the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion,’ but the slow-motion part appears to be speeding up.”

That said, Trump’s reported strategy isn’t a radical departure from long-standing U.S. policy. As Bloomberg writes, “he isn’t particularly interested in toppling the regime of leader Kim Jong Un and isn’t looking to force a reunification of the two Koreas, the person said. He instead wants to push for their long-term cooperation.”

Furthermore, Trump’s national security team had already thought through various scenarios that North Korea might take, and how the U.S. would react. So when the medium-range missile test failed right after launch early Sunday morning local time, Trump was informed immediately and decided to downplay it, according to the person. It was Trump’s decision that the administration’s initial response would come from Defense Secretary James Mattis, who issued a 22-word statement Saturday night.

This was followed by National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster, who used familiar language Sunday to describe North Korea’s “provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior,” while leaving all options on the table as his team helps develop plans of action for the region. In a previously reported interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” McMaster said Trump had directed the National Security Council to collaborate with the Defense and State Departments, and intelligence agencies to “provide options and have them ready for him if this pattern of destabilizing behavior continues.”

Hours after the failed test, McMaster emphasized Trump’s preference, as with this month’s airstrikes in Syria, for unannounced military action. He added that the North Korean leader’s unpredictability complicated U.S. strategy.

McMaster’s use of “provocative” and “destabilizing” to describe North Korea echoes administrations of both parties that have attempted to rally others on the global stage, including China, to help prevent fresh war on the peninsula. Trump used the language in his February visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Meanwhile, China has refused to commit to any specific course of action and as discussed earlier, Beijing made a plea for a return to negotiations. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Monday that tensions need to be eased on the Korean Peninsula to bring the escalating dispute there to a peaceful resolution. Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that U.S. plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China.

Ultimately, Trump may be in wait and see mode for the next week until all the available options are on the table: on April 25, the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is expected to reach the South Korea east coast on April 25. If Trump is indeed pressed to make a swift decision, he will surely do so once air support is available next weekend, just as the first round of the French presidential election takes place.

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  • JohnDille

    YOUR IGNORANCE OF SCIENCE IS EVEN MORE APPALLING THAN YOUR POLITICS ARE…. JUST AS THE ARCTIC IS WARMING UP MUCH FASTER THAN THE REST OF THE PLANET IS, BECAUSE OF THE MECHANICS OF HOW THE ATMOSPHERE WORKS, SO TOO WOULD THE FAR NORTH BECOME MUCH MORE RADIOACTIVE THAN THE REST OF THE PLANET WOULD BE COME!!! IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE A NUCLEAR WAR.. YOU WILL HAVE TO MOVE SOUTH… AND BECOME A GRINGO IN THE LAND OF RAPISTS AND DRUG LORDS AND BAD DUDES… WHERE YOUR LOVE OF TRUMP WILL EARN YOU A GREAT DEAL OF RESENTMENT AND ANGER AND MAYBE EVEN HATRED!!! SO… IF TRUMP NUKES THE WORLD… MAYBE YOU HAD BETTER HEAD SOUTH… AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT ABOUT HOW GREAT DONALD TRUMP IS!!! AND NOT JUST BECAUSE TRUMP WILL HAVE BEEN THE FOOL THAT NUKED THE PLANET!!!

  • Sugmag

    You need to go to even farther north than you are.
    Take food and blankets.

    We will try and survive the nuclear fallout.

  • JohnDille

    I ALREADY LIVE IN THE FAIRLY FAR NORTH… WAY OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE… AND HAVE LIVED IN PLACES LIKE THAT FOR MOST OF MY LIFE! HAVING SAID THAT…. WHAT IS YOUR POINT???? THAT ALL YOU WELFARE DEPENDENT REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO STARVE TO DEATH IF TRUMP STARTS A NUCLEAR WAR BECAUSE SOME WORLD LEADER DOES NOT LIKE ONE OF TRUMP’S IGNORANT TWEETS??? IF SO, YOU FOLKS WILL NOT BE MISSED!!! WE DEMOCRATS WILL FINALLY HAVE ENOUGH TO MAKE OUR LIVES MUCH BETTER, WITHOUT HAVING TO SUPPORT ALL YOU RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN DEAD BEATS ALL OF THE TIME!!!

  • Sugmag

    Too Late Dilly…time for you to head north to the arctic circle.
    Take some food and some rations with you as they don’t have any 7-11s up there. Gonna be a doozy dilly.

  • JohnDille

    FOR MORE THAN 70 YEARS, THE UNITED STATES PRIMARY MILITARY STANCE WAS TO SIMPLY CONTAIN THE OLD SOVIET UNION… KNOWING THAT IT WOULD ULTIMATELY IMPLODE. FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS, THE US HAS FOLLOWED THE SAME STRATEGY WITH NORTH KOREA… JUST KEEP THE IDIOTS BOTTLED UP, UNTIL INTERNAL FORCES CAUSED ALL HADES TO BREAK OUT WITHIN, AND THEN… AND ONLY THEN… GO IN AND HELP THE RIGHT SIDE CLEAN UP THE MESS. NOW, THE NEW RIGHT WING FUEHRER, TRUMP, WANTS TO SHOW OFF HIS ENORMOUS POWERS BY DESTABILIZING THE WHOLE NORTH KOREA SITUATION! AND THE WORLD TREMBLES AT THE THOUGHT… BECAUSE THE WORLD… UNLIKE TRUMP AND HIS BRAINLESS CLUELESS SUPPORTERS… KNOWS HOW ALL THAT WOULD PLAY OUT! TRUMP WILL TRY TO TAKE OUT SOME MISSLES AND NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES… AND WITHING MINUTES, MUCH OF SOUTH KOREA WOULD BE OBLITERATED… MOST ESPECIALLY ALL THE US BASES OVER THERE, AND THE CAPITAL CITY OF SEOUL, AS WELL. MOST OF SEOUL IS WITHIN AN HOURS DRIVE OF THE BORDER. WHEN I FLEW INTO SEOUL; IN THE 1990’S, YOU COULD CLEARLY SEE INTO NORTH KOREA… IT REALLY IS THAT CLOSE TO THE BORDER! SO TRUMP… IF YOU WANT TO DESTROY SOUTH KOREA… HITTING NORTH KOREA WOUL BE THE WAY TO DO THAT! AND MAYBE START WORLD WAR 3 WITH COMMUNIST CHINA, WHILE YOU ARE AT IT!!! THE IDIOT TRUMP MAY WELL FNALLY REALIZE WHY OBAMA… AND ALL OF HIS PREDECESSORS… HAVE ADOPTED THE MILITARY AND POLITICAL POSTURES THAT THEY HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING FOR SO LONG…. ITS BECAUSE ANY OTHER POSTUIRE… LIKE THOSE THAT TRUMP WANTYS TO FOLLOW… WOULD BE INSANE!!! THE PROBLEM IS… TRUMP IS BOUND AND DETERMINED TO LEARN THAT… THE HARD WAY… BY GETTING THE UNITED STATES INVOLVED IN ALL OUT SHOOTING AND BOMBING AND MAYBE EVEN NUCLEAR WARS… ALL OVER THE PLANET! NO, TRUMP… OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICES WERE NOT STUPID AND INCOMPETENT…. YOUR’S ARE… OR WILL BE… IF YOU EVER ACTUALLY DO MUCH OF ANYTHING THAT YOU PROMISED YOUR BRAINLESS BRAIN WASHED IDIOTS SUPPORTERS THAT YOU WOULD DO!!!!!!