“I hope that there won’t be any unilateral actions like we recently saw in Syria and that the US will follow the policies Trump repeatedly declared during his election campaign,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in response to Miek Pence's warning that the US is running out of patience toward North Korea.
After weeks of increasingly more violent protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army into the streets as the insolvent nation braces for what the opposition has vowed will be the "mother of all protests" on Wednesday.
Following news earlier this morning from South Korea's primary news outlet, Yonhap, that the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, Sean Spicer is scheduled to take the stage momentarily to brief the press on the latest developments regarding North Korea.
"[US has] created dangerous situation in which the thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and pose a serious threat to the world's peace and security, to say nothing of those of northeast Asia."
President Trump has been evaluating his North Korea 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"
In the midst of a 10-day Asia trip, Vice President Pence made an unannounced visit to the 4km-wide heavily-mined demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas where he met with troops, encouraged China to take action against North Kore, and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over."
Following Sunday night's resumption of trade after a three-day weekend, which saw sharp moves lower in US yields, the dollar and the USDJPY after Friday's disappointing CPI and retail sales data and the weekend North Korea jitters, the mood has stabilized in light trading with Asian stocks advancing, Europe mostly closed for Easter Monday and S&P futures fractionally lower
Following the release of video allegedly showing a mass military mobilization in Vladivostok, Russia, just eight miles from the border with North Korea, AP reports that China and Russia have dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is heading toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.
"Washington is a collection of morons, people stupid below the meaning of stupid. People so far outside of reality that they imagine that their hubris and arrogance elevates them above reality. When the first Satan 2 hits Washington, the greatest collection of morons in the world will cease to exist."
It's Sunday night, and traders - stuck until now in three-day holiday weekend purgatory - are desperate to catch up, or rather down to, the Dollar and 10Y yields, while sending gold and the Japanese yen shooting higher once again.
The regime of Kim Jong Un possesses rockets that can hit South Korea and Japan with as many as 20 atomic bombs, and it’s now focused on building a long-range missile capable of hitting Washington D.C., with a nuclear warhead. The charts below summarize what is known and unknown about North Korea's tactical military arsenal.
For many, it appears on the surface that Donald Trump, the military industrial complex and Deep State operatives behind the scenes have war on their minds. But political insider Roger Stone, who at one point was head of Trump’s campaign, says that the President’s recent decisions prove he is a man of action who is very much uprooting the strategies, tactics and geo-political machinations of the old guard.