Trump Considering "Kinetic Military Action" On North Korea Including "Sudden Strike"

Tyler Durden's picture

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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This is it's picture

A new sabre rattler? 

FrozenGoodz's picture

... another opportunity for a complete 180, reversal



Looney's picture


"Kinetic Military Action" means running the carrier aground in North Korea.  ;-)


land_of_the_few's picture

Presumably they remember to take Pence out first? The Americans, I mean ;) 

BaBaBouy's picture

"kinetic" military action"

I.E. I need a new Woar to save my A$$ so lets start NK Bombing ... Now stop bothering me, I have a Golf Round At 11:00...

Life of Illusion's picture




BullyBearish's picture

kinetic central banking at its finest...

HowdyDoody's picture

Trump told to ignore all the children murdered in the VBIED attack by US-owned carefully vetted moderate rebels and to 'consider' (between mouthfulls of cake) murdering some North Koreans.

losses mount's picture

For fuck sake, the article starts with somebody said Trump thinks. Some fucking body.

Fuck Tyler did you have too many magic Easter eggs over the week end.

Added to the bullshit airline article.

The world would be a much poorer place without Zerohedge, but please keep atleast some integrity.

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

This is how the Deep State propaganda works. The headline from a sterling news (sic) provider (Bloomberg) communicates a very strong message, but the nameless, (some would say sketchy) source (added as a footnote) allows them to reverse course and reel their POTUS-uppet back in, if need be, and no one loses face (or so they think).

tmosley's picture

Jews are suddenly shilling HARD for increased tensions between the US and Russia. Caught one on here pretending to be Russian, shitting all over America and Trump telling me that "we aren't your friends".

They are deathly afraid of an alliance between the US, Russia, and China. It will mean they and their desert monkey friends in Saudi can't play us against each other any more, nor will they have any other option to turn to for protection if the US chooses to abandon them.

BEWARE shapeshifting Jews and their lies.

Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) tmosley Apr 17, 2017 12:26 PM
Trump should consider laying off the Kool Aid.

I know he says he doesn't drink alcohol but maybe he had too much blood of Christ on this Easter:

A New Low: Trump Needs to be Nudged by Immigrant Wife to Put Hand on Heart During National Anthem

Rubicon727's picture

I guess I have to wait until the next Pepe Escobar article is published at Rt or Sputnik.

Thus far, not even one reporter has explained the REAL MOTIVES behind these illegal US acts.


Troy Ounce's picture
Exiting. This will then be the first war the US is going to win since Vietnam. Oh wait...
divingengineer's picture

I heard losses mount has a 13-¾ inch cock.

See, propaganda doesn't HAVE to be bad.
Integrity restored?

laser's picture

Death and destruction equals stability.

Chupacabra-322's picture

As if selling the Reactors & arming NK with Nulcear weapons wasn't the plan all along to provide the plausible deniability for war. Endulge youselfs in the following:

Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $200m (£125m) contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The current defence secretary sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year. He left to join the Bush administration.
The reactor deal was part of President Bill Clinton's policy of persuading the North Korean regime to positively engage with the west.

The Clinton package sought to defuse tensions on the Ko rean peninsula by offering supplies of oil and new light water nuclear reactors in return for access by inspectors to Pyongyang's atomic facilities and a dismantling of its heavy water reactors which produce weapons grade plutonium. Light water reactors are known as "proliferation-resistant" but, in the words of one expert, they are not "proliferation-proof".

The type of reactors involved in the ABB deal produce plutonium which needs refining before it can be weaponised. One US congressman and critic of the North Korean regime described the reactors as "nuclear bomb factories".

North Korea expelled the inspectors last year and withdrew from the nuclear nonproliferation treaty in January at about the same time that the Bush administration authorised $3.5m to keep ABB's reactor project going.

North Korea is thought to have offered to scrap its nuclear facilities and missile pro gramme and to allow international nuclear inspectors into the country. But Pyongyang demanded that security guarantees and aid from the US must come first.

Mr Bush now insists that he will only negotiate a new deal with Pyongyang after the nuclear programme is scrapped. Washington believes that offering inducements would reward Pyongyang's "blackmail" and encourage other "rogue" states to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Giant Meteor's picture

Good stuff here, well. you know, repeat business. Curious thing no? I mean setting up folks with what they need, then taking them out. I mean it is the business model of first and last resort.

Let's face facts fellas, there are a few motherfuckers who seamlessly move between government and corporate, wildly profiting off the misery of the vast majority of global citizens. Chertoff comes to mind, a cast of thousands .

No bid contracts, let's bomb the shit out of stuff. We can rebuild !

The open air corruption has accelerated. Well why the fuck not? It's not like any of these asshats ever pay a price.


pods's picture

Nope, they don't because people are so self absorbed that they don't really care what is being done in their name.

Society is really past the point of saving. 

When the EMP takes out power in the USA, we are done. Maybe 5% of people are capable of surviving without power. The rest will butcher and eat most of that 5% though.

And then there will be the ones who cannot live because their phone/computer/ipad won't work. 

All you can do is take care of your own. 


p.s. I really wish you won the election!

The Wizard's picture

What ceiling? Ceilings are based on limits. There is no "ceiling".

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Wake me when Trump threatens merciless strike.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Operation Scorched Earth would also get this shitshow started.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Let's not forget the ever-popular Double Secret Probation Attack.









divingengineer's picture

Muffuggas already on double secret probation.

buttmint's picture

...Donald StrangeLove

Moe Hamhead's picture

Should read "Kinky Military Action" they're going to send in the Marines!

c2nnib2l's picture

kinetic military action


i though Trump will take Kim by surprise not like Obama.... who was announcing type of action he was going to take 

Giant Meteor's picture

The rule book states clearly, possible kinetic actions are ok to announce, fair game. Global thermonuclear war however if off limits to announce in advance, and as always the revolution will not be televised ..

Slomotrainwreck's picture

"Kinetic Military Action"

At least it's not an unconstitutional decloration of war or Boots on the Ground.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

kinetic action is wet water - it is reprehensible Newspeak first employed by O'bombya regarding his **illegal** military action (which involved special operators and CIA )

Remember Congress *explicitly* denying permission? Panetta's speech?

I have zero respect or patience for anyone still hoping Trump is hopey changey - you got played, kids. I did too.

He was supposed to be the Chosen One...

first rule of holes, guys.

Trump is a neocon/zionist puppet and while still better than Hillary - Trump's supporters need to express, keep expressing their discontent. Tough when msm is owned and controlled by Israel Firster and Cold War warmongers... but still possible until (((they))) shut doen even more free speech online.

MUST READ on NK from MoA:

divingengineer's picture

A repudiation of Trump will be viewed as a rejection of the populist movement.
Elites win, hands down in that scenario.
He is flawed, yes, but what are the alternatives? All bad.
My hats off to them though, they were able to derail the movement no more than three months after he was sworn in.

Anteater's picture

McMaster said all PEACEFUL options, short of any military action! So is Jared and the Zew York Times running a back-channel for Tim Scott, now that he's seem the Samsung Galaxy 8? Did Apple offer to loan the Trump Empire $4B from their $234B cash reserve for Trump H&Cs China projects, if they 'do something' about the 'DPRK threat'? Who's driving this Klown Kar America?

new game's picture

conflicting greed. a power struggle of control of most profits. and with side bars endlessly, to get the spoils.

why can't these narcissistic psychopaths just sit down in a secure location like g.s. boardroom (with dumpty) and work this out? and share? lol

MFL5591's picture

If, and I know its a big if, the chubby idiot can strile the USA, best to get rid of this threat now before rebuilding the infastructure??

new game's picture

smart strategy would be to let china own the results. keep the trade threat in the background. if only the narcissist could remain calm and set the chess board to his liking. lol, again...

come on deal boy, show us your stuff!

TwelveOhOne's picture

Yeah, I might hurt myself, so best for me to take me out before I do.  That some good police work there, Lou!

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Listening to the human thumb beside you Don, is going to get us all fucking killed.


When he convinces you that kinetic military action is going to work then half of south korea is leveled by conventional artillery, you're the one who is going to be left holding th ebag, not McMAIDSter, or General Betrayus whose hand is up his ass, or HItlery, whose hand is up Betrayus' ass.

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

Trumpette to SK: "Lets you and him fight"

dark_matter's picture

President Trump to our nuclear arsenal: "You're Fired!"

pupton's picture

I have watched for months as the quality of ZH writing/editing has deteriorated.  Does anyone do any damn proof-reading???  Here is the latest example:

"...on April 25, the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is expected to reach the South Korea east coast on April 25."

"Absurb" was a article title last week.  Please, ZH, if you want to hold some credibility, get your shit together.


TwelveOhOne's picture

Noticed it, and more from the beginning of the article.  Saw the "absurb" as well yesterday in a blurb (not title, so must be a repeated error).  Agreed, typos make one look unprofessional.

divingengineer's picture

I know right, you could get the title right.
Especially when you have just copy- pasted the article.

Yuefo's picture

It's amusing how often grammar-nazis don't proof their own childish rants - "...was a article title..."

Also, consult your dictionary; it's "proofreading", not "proof-reading".


unrulian's picture

Glad the stores are open today, might be a good time to refresh some supplies

SallySnyd's picture

Here is an article that looks at a scenario for attacking North Korea:

As we found out in the case of Iraq, hostilities on the Korean Peninsula are unlikely to end quickly.

Troy Ounce's picture


Now don't come cry baby to me with all kind of "how come they hate us so much", we had no idea" or they hate us for our life style" Holywood movies or TV sitcoms crap because I am, after 911, sick and tired of this.

If you still do not know that, if you live the the sword, you die by the sword, I wish you luck and GOOD BYE!

You are in the process of creating this shit, so you sort it out.

Anteater's picture

"Five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that ... This is the most important thing," Czar of All Things Jared Kushner promised assembled reporters outside Trump Towers today, clad in his now-characteristic blue blazer, black Foster Grants and flac-jacket.

"We made a tough decision, and we're going to destroy DPRKs nuclear reactors and munitions facility means to threaten the World. If that collaterally damages Samsung's ability to manufacture Galaxy 8's, until Apple can counter with an iPhone 8, well, on the whole, I think it was worth it."

Skeero's picture

Don't we have them surrounded? Us in South Korea, China, Russia, and is in the water. I'm waiting to know when NK isn't in the map anymore.


Or.. We start sending our overpopulated America there.. We have to do something about the overpopulation anyways. I guess they can rebuild NK. Lol