China Fears "Vicious Circle" On Korean Peninsula, US Sees "Tipping Point" If Kim Tests H-Bomb Over Pacific

In a considerably more aggressive, and less diplomatic, 'story' in China's government mouthpiece Xinhua, writers warn:

"It is not hard to tell that the situation has become a vicious circle where more missile tests trigger more sanctions, while more sanctions trigger more tests..." urging the double-freeze solution once again, saying that "the parties concerned need to respect each other's security concerns."

 

At this moment, the United States and the DPRK, two key actors in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, should stay calm and exercise restraint, and avoid any provocative action or rhetoric that might further escalate tensions.

 

Political courage, wisdom and a responsible attitude are required to address the current crisis, instead of provocations or threats.

However, following last night's less than veiled threat from North Korea that the next escalation will be to test a hydrogen-bomb over the Pacific:

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested leader Kim Jong Un was considering testing “an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb” over the Pacific in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat at the United Nations to “totally destroy” the country.

Officials across the globe have frantically responded.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has chimed in...

"In the absence of a meaningful commitment by North Korea to return to serious talks aimed at denuclearisation, enhanced pressure remains essential to compel North Korea to change its course."

As Reuters reports that such an atmospheric h-bomb test would be the first globally since China detonated a device in 1980. Tests of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles are rarer still. The United States’ only test of an operational ballistic missile with a live warhead was fired from submarine far out in the Pacific Ocean in 1962. China was widely condemned for a similar test with a missile that exploded over its Lop Nur test site in the country’s west in 1966. North Korea’s six nuclear tests to date have all been underground, the most recent earlier this month by far its largest.

Experts are gravely concerned...

“We have to assume they *could* do it, but it is exceedingly provocative,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at  Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

“To put a live nuclear warhead on a missile that’s only been tested a handful of times, overflying potentially populated centers. If it...doesn’t go exactly as planned....it could be a world changing event.

 

If Kim’s threat materializes, it will be a “tipping point” for China, and may prompt many other countries to demand an “end to the regime,” said David Albright, founder of the non-profit Institute for Science and International Security in Washington.

 

“No one has tested above ground for decades and the radioactive fallout could be terrifying to many,” Albright said.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called Pyongyang’s remarks and behavior “completely unacceptable”.

Narang said a test high enough over the ocean would limit the radioactive fallout but risks included damage from an electro-magnetic pulse, something Pyongyang has hinted it might employ on an attack on the United States or its allies.

 

“If it doesn’t go exactly as planned and the detonation occurs at a lower altitude we could see some EMP-like effects for anything in the area. A lot of dead fish too.”

Additionally, Reuters cites a US official warning that it would be a "game-changer" if North Korea explodes an H-Bomb over the Pacific, but Washington is not giving threat "too much credence."

Comments

Md4 Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:29 Permalink

"Political courage, wisdom and a responsible attitude are required to address the current crisis, instead of provocations or threats."

Very well, China...

...proceed.

Shemp 4 Victory Haus-Targaryen Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:11 Permalink

 

The International Atomic Energy Agency has chimed in...

This will predictably be a one-sided statement which follows the US narrative.

"In the absence of a meaningful commitment by North Korea to return to serious talks aimed at denuclearisation, enhanced pressure remains essential to compel North Korea to change its course."

Of course, of course. More truthfully it would read:

"In the absence of a meaningful commitment by the United States to return to serious talks aimed at denuclearisation, enhanced pressure remains essential to compel the US to change its course."

The US was angry with the IAEA under Mohamed El Baradei because it wouldn't take a hard line on Iran without evidence. In 2009, the Hillary Clinton State Department orchestrated the replacement of El Baradei with their own hand-selected puppet, Yukiya Amano, who is still in charge there.https://consortiumnews.com/2017/09/08/u-n-enablers-of-aggressive-war/

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edotabin Shemp 4 Victory Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:55 Permalink

You need the IAEA to tell you Kim is batshit crazy?We all know the drill. I'd much rather live under Shinkelberg than Kim. It's not ideal but anything is better than Kim.Kim simply isn't the way forward. None of those supporting him would actually live there as an average citizen.  If you did, you'd already be there and you wouldn't have internet. There's still a chance to move there but I'm not hearing anyone rushing to prepare.Talk and theories are cheap.  

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E5 Winston Churchill Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:26 Permalink

she summed up the sentiment of every american boomer who is looking at end of game.Boomers should be banned from voting.Holding referendum now.Held.Vote passes by democracy.  Boomers banned from all political thought. By the way..... what if "unprecedented" means the explosion itself.  Let's blame global warming on him.  Or maybe the fusion reaction will produce so much helium the earth will float out of it's orbit upto the ceiling of the universe.

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Mustafa Kemal Looney Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:05 Permalink

Looney, I think you might enjoyDPRK newshttps://twitter.com/DPRK_News?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7C… in particular, you can note the articlehttps://twitter.com/DPRK_News?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7C… describes how Marshall Kim Jong-Un plays a perfect rendition of the Goldberg Variations"without ever being taught the piano"If you like that, check out https://twitter.com/DPRK_News?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7C… "Death of Jake LaMotta, widely considered third greatest middleweight boxer after Marshal Kim Jong-Un and "Sugar Ray," saddens millions."I sure hope he doesnt read this ridicule post. He could drop the bomb  

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caconhma Md4 Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:34 Permalink

Go ahead Kim and blow up an H-bomb over Pacific! The sooner you do it the better since every month you will add additional H-bombs to your arsenal with much more damage to the humankind.Trump and his zionist neocon puppeteers aggression in N. Korea and the Middle East must be stopped and will be stopped.Kim, you don't need a reliable missile to do so. Just a small boat with a short- or mid-range missile will do it.PSIt is obvious that Trump must be removed. This fucking agent orange imbecile becomes EXTREMELY dangerous to the USA and its national interests. 

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aloha_snakbar Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:32 Permalink

How hard would it be for software programmers to alter the flight path, such that it takes off and then nose dives to the reviewing stand where Kim Ding Dong is sitting?

Deep Snorkeler Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:34 Permalink

The Klown Kingdom vs the Hermit KingdomThe US will spend untold $billions on this cartoon fight.You are subject to massive disinformation, misinformation,rumours, hoaxes, feints and promises.Two phalluses enter, one phallus leaves. 

mkkby Deep Snorkeler Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:13 Permalink

Russia and China border nork and have the most to lose. If I were Trump I'd be on the horn inviting them to smack Kim from 3 directions at the same time.

My inducement -- you can keep 50 miles of territory as a buffer zone from the reunified south moving in.

What would Kim do if he saw troops massed at the Russian and Chink borders? I think the generals would put a bullet in his mohawk.

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hanekhw Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:35 Permalink

Surefire Hollywood hit ala 'Armageddon'. This time our stalwart American Team steers the asteroid toward Pyongyang.....thus averting World War.

wisebastard Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

im telling ya....get all the world leaders and put them in a room together and give them two weeks to get their shit together and bring about world peace or kill them all......

ogretown Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:42 Permalink

The optics are what the optics are....and that is Sponge Bob is like the snotty fat kid living in his parents garage.  In this case the house owned by the parents is known as "China". If this fat assed little cretin continues with his actions it is up to China to shut the little turd down.  But if that does not happen it is perfectly legitimate for others within the community to burn down said garage.