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One byproduct of tensions with the People’s Republic of China over the South China Sea (to be followed, shortly, I believe by tensions over the friction between the PRC and Taiwan ruled by the DPP) is the opportunity for the United States to abandon the useful but by now threadbare fiction that the massive U.S. military presence in East Asia is needed to protect the world from North Korea.

Rapprochement between the United States and North Korea is one of those things US strategists dream about, I expect: Burma style outreach extracting North Korea from China’s orbit and turning the PRC’s northeasterly neighbor into a US-friendly outpost and gadfly.

I’ll bet Kim Jung-il dreams about it as well.

North Korea has never been a PRC satellite. It chafes under China’s thumb and yearns for an independent foreign policy, by which it can profitably play off the PRC against the ROK against Japan against the United States.

North Korean is in diplomatic contact with the United States through the DPRK’s UN mission, by exchange of delegations, and unpublicized US visits to North Korea on the issue of recovery of remains of American servicemen killed during the Korean War.

In order to demonstrate his willingness to go the extra mile in outreach to the United States as well as secure his rule, Kim Jung-un inaugurated his reign by executing the DPRK’s point man for PRC relations, Jang Sung-taek. Kim was taking a leaf from the Burma rapprochement playbook; in Burma’s case it killed a dam, the Myitsone project funded by the PRC, in order to show it was ready to distance itself from the PRC for the sake of better relations with the US.

Jang’s demise apparently yielded little in the way of improved US-North Korean relations, so I have a picture of Kim drumming his fingers impatiently as he looks around the conference table saying, “Sheesh, who do I have to kill to get better relations with the US?” and everybody sliding nervously in their chairs and trying to avoid eye contact.

Kim’s ambitions are well-known to the PRC. I wonder if it secretly exults every time North Korea detonates a nuclear device or fires off a missile in defiance of UN sanctions in a misguided effort to engage the US, since these provocations allow the PRC to present itself as an indispensable restraint to North Korean misbehavior and continue to imprison North Korea within the cage of the Six Party Talks, thereby pre-empting bilateral discussions between various interested parties and the DPRK.

It is now accepted writ that, whatever happens, North Korea will never surrender its nuclear weapons capability. One reason is, of course, Libya.

As we note the fourth anniversary of the passing of Muammar Gaddafi, we should also remember the immense, expensive effort he made to satisfy US demands, not only on non-proliferation but on counter-proliferation of nukes and other WMDs.

Gaddafi revealed and decommissioned his nuclear and chemical WMD programs under international inspection, acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention, re-opened Libya’s oil industry to foreign investment, and ponied up over US$1 billion in compensation for the Lockerbie bombing (if, as some suspect, Iran engineered Lockerbie as retaliation for the U.S. shootdown of Iran Air 655, the mullahs of Tehran must be grateful indeed). In return, Libya got normalized relations, a U.S. shield from terrorism lawsuits, visits from Condoleezza Rice and Tony Blair, and the pleasure of receiving, incarcerating, and abusing repatriated anti-Gaddafi dissidents. The “Libya model” was actually touted as a precedent for bringing North Korea in from the cold.

Those expectations took a knock, understandably, when the US took advantage of the defenselessness of Qaddafi’s regime to overthrow it and murder him.

When one considers that President Obama got his Nobel Peace Prize for expected achievements in non-proliferation, the fact that he dropped the hammer on Libya, the most conspicuous example of peaceful integration of an adversarial state into the non-proliferation regime, and thereby virtually guaranteed the perpetuation and expansion of the North Korean program, is rather ironic.

The DPRK’s nuclear program is marketed as a deterrent to US regime-change fiddling and, indeed, US ambitions to overturn the North Korean regime are always burbling if not on the front burner. From 2005 until 2007, US North Korean policy was handed over to regime-change enthusiasts of dubious competence under the leadership of John Bolton and Bob Joseph, and an ambitious plan to suffocate, destabilize, confront, and eventually topple the DPRK was derailed only by the conspicuous failure of the Iraq adventure and the thrashing of the GOP in the 2006 midterms.

My take on the situation is the US knows North Korea is panting for better relations with the United States but feels no hurry to make a move until Kim Jung-il does some more groveling on the nuclear issue—and sticks it to the PRC a lot more.

However, I think there’s a conundrum here for US strategists.

Today, the most compelling strategic foundation for the DPRK nuclear weapons program—and one that receives virtually no play in the public media–is to deter the PRC. The PRC has extensive interests and assets, economic, strategic, covert, what have you, inside North Korea, and undoubtedly has game plans to intervene militarily in North Korea in case of a succession crisis—or even before. But then there’s Mr. Nuke. So it’s not so surprising that the PRC publicly shares the US interest in DPRK denuclearization. And it’s not so surprising that the DPRK nuclear program is not exactly withering away, despite the salutary effect this would have on Pyongyang-Washington ties.

The true significance of North Korea to its neighbors near and far, however, is not as a scary nuclear boogeyman; it is because North Korea is the last fat piece of meat on the East Asian economic table.

Cheap, tractable labor, abundant resources, a central position as a gateway to the Pacific for Russia and a trade artery for Japan and the West into the Manchu-Mongolian heartland…no wonder the Korean peninsula was the keystone for Japanese empire-building in the 20th century.

Investment is poised to pour into North Korea from South Korea, the PRC, Russia, and Japan. North Korea’s economic potential, not its nuclear program, is Kim Jung-il’s ultimate bargaining chip. And the prospect of negotiating a gigantic payday on favorable terms is probably an important factor holding the DPRK elite together after the loss of Soviet support, the PRC tilt to the ROK, and virtually non-stop crotch-kicking administered by the US and Japan.

So when one examines the jockeying that goes on around North Korea, remember that managing—and profiting from—the integration of the Hermit Kingdom into the world economic system is at the back of everybody’s mind.

And we’re not talking about some “open door” kumbaya action where everybody works together to make sure North Korea, its resources, and its workers are efficiently exploited.

The PRC, in particular, sees the competition to “win” North Korea as zero sum, because it does not want to see a pro-US/Japan-tilting regime on its border.

China’s grip on North Korea’s foreign policy has been strengthened, presumably inadvertently, by the US all-in commitment to Japan as the linchpin of the pivot to Asia. South Korea is getting hammered by Abenomics, particularly the weakening of the yen, and gets little relief from the United States.

South Korea has pivoted –heh- towards China, to the chagrin of the United States, and for the time being sees its interests best served by tag-teaming with Beijing on DPRK policy.

And I think it’s also little understood that Japan, which is locked in its own zero-sum death match with South Korea, does not want to see North and South reunited and the North’s economic potential contributing to a supersized Korean republic whose economic and military vitality would quickly eclipse Japan’s.

This perspective helps explain this remarkable report torn, as they say, from today’s headlines:

Tokyo rejects Seoul’s sovereignty over North

Oct 22,2015

A top Japanese defense official rejected South Korea’s stance that North Korea is also its sovereign territory and that Tokyo would need Seoul’s consent to ever send troops to the northern parts of the Korean Peninsula.

Gen Nakatani, Japan’s defense minister, made the remark during a meeting with a group of Japanese reporters in Seoul on Tuesday following South Korea-Japan defense ministerial talks at Seoul’s Ministry of National Defense earlier in the day.

Article 3 of the South Korean Constitution states that the territory of the Republic of Korea “shall consist of the Korean Peninsula and its adjacent islands.”

Based on the constitution, South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense has maintained a position that Japan needs to obtain the South Korean government’s permission to deploy its troops anywhere on the Korean Peninsula. Japan recently revised its security laws to enable its Self-Defense Forces to participate in overseas missions, particularly if an ally such as the United States is attacked.

During the defense ministers’ talks on Tuesday, Han stressed that North Korea is legally the South’s territory under the constitution and that the Japanese Self-Defense Forces must obtain Seoul’s consent to enter the North in times of emergency, a senior Defense Ministry official said.

Nakatani, however, rejected the stance, saying, “Seoul, Washington and Tokyo must cooperate on this matter,” according to the official.

Following the talks, the two ministers issued a joint press statement.

“The Japanese Self-Defense Forces, when they operate within the territory of a third country, must obtain the concerned country’s consent under international laws,” the statement said.

It was the first time that a joint press statement was issued after Korea-Japan ministerial talks.

“A third country, in this statement, means Korea,” a ministry official said. “Japan accepted our demand that it must ask for our consent if it wants to send Self-Defense Forces to the Korean Peninsula.”

Nakatani effectively reversed that understanding only hours after the ministerial talks.

“It’s not the first time that Japan backstabbed us,” a Seoul official said. “Before arranging the ministerial talks, the Defense Ministry made clear that the meeting couldn’t take place without resolving the history issue. And yet, Japanese lawmakers made a surprise visit to the Yasukuni Shrine on the morning of the talks. We still went ahead with the meeting, but Japan backstabbed us again.”

The fracas also fueled criticism of the diplomatic skills of Seoul’s Defense Ministry. Last week, Defense Minister Han was rebuffed by his U.S. counterpart, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, after making an appeal for technology transfers for a fighter jet.

The rejection came while Han was accompanying President Park Geun-hye on a trip to Washington. The media and some politicians said Park’s presidential diplomacy with the country’s main ally was undercut as a result.

To connect the dots, which frankly don’t need much connecting, Japan is declaring the right to intervene unilaterally in the North if and when things turn to ttong. This of course refers to pre-emptively taking out North Korea’s scary missiles if and when Japan deems it necessary; and it also might mean some kind of expedition to inject Japanese power into the North during a succession crisis on the pretext of securing DPRK missile and nuclear assets that could conceivably threaten Japan.

I expect this piece of Japanese middle-finger anti-diplomacy will not receive any meaningful pushback from the United States and the ROK will, as a result, cleave even closer to the PRC in trying to work out a joint plan to manage the destiny of the North.

So there are at least two complicating factors for the US game plan for North Korea. The first, as mentioned above, is that the DPRK is unlikely to abandon its nuclear deterrent. Second, the US tilt toward Japan as its crucial pivot enabler is driving South Korea, the most important and committed player on the future of North Korea, into the arms of the PRC.

In my opinion, the US pivot and the Japanese alliance is baked into US policy for the foreseeable future.

If the US really wants to “do something” about North Korea to pull it more into the US orbit, I suspect it will involve some creating fudging about the existence and character of the North Korean nuclear arsenal. There is, after all, the Indian precedent for the US turning a blind eye toward someone’s nukes in return for some kind of geopolitical advantage.

But maybe we’ll have to wait for a president who did not win a Nobel Prize for nuclear non-proliferation for that to happen.

(Republished from China Matters by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. The biggest barrier to peace in Korea are crazed US Army Generals worried about losing an excuse for a wartime budget. North Korea has agreed to peace, IF all foreign troops leave, but that is never reported in the USA. If Americans only knew the games going on, they’d be furious, detailed here:

    http://www.g2mil.com/casey.htm

    Trump has caught on and spoken out about this, but our corporate media ignores him, probably because they are clueless and still think nothing has changed in Korea over the past 30 years. The South Korean military is five times stronger than the North, and is slashing the size of its army to save money while the U.S Army spends ever more and even increases its size there.

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    "Trump has caught on and spoken out about this, but our corporate media ignores him, probably because they are clueless and still think nothing has changed in Korea over the past 30 years."

    As I pointed out at the time, Trump raised the issue of 25,000+ U.S. troops at the Korean DMZ on his own (and not in response to a question) at the very first Republican debate in Cleveland. He sounded to me like Pat Buchanan on that issue, which no other candidate in my memory has raised. For all the derision he has received from the MSM, Trump in the only candidate to strike the right pose on issue after issue when it comes to foreign affairs (opposed to the Iraq War, called for withdrawal of U.S. troops from the DMZ, opposed to our involvement in Syria and supportive of Russian attacks against ISIS, stated he will abide by the deal with Iran if elected). He's probably pushing the envelope as far as it will go in the Republican Party, but I think even those steps he has taken is making more than a few leading lights in Washington a little nervous.
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  2. Kiza says:

    Another brilliant piece Peter, you only missed big on your story about Libya. The real story was much more. Please refer to this brilliant piece for the ultimate story of Ghadafi’s Libya: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/20/libya-from-africas-wealthiest-democracy-under-gaddafi-to-terrorist-haven-after-us-intervention/

    “North Korea is the last fat (you meant juicy) piece of meat on the East Asian economic table”, absolutely. After every nuclear and other antic, my thoughts were that he is an attention seeking spoilt fat brat of the previous dictator, more a bafoon than dangerous. He is always trying to attract the attention of the US, to play with him.

    But, if the US finally responds, I would love to see the Orwellian Western MSM turn him from the most vile dictator in the World into a man of peace and prosperity, simply because he is ready to deliver the Asian last source of capable cheap labor to the US corporations. A similar transformation to Ghadafi’s, before the US, Britain and France finally stuck him on a bayonet. The little fat immature idiot may actually trust that the US would not take away his nuclear toys at the first ttong (SHTF) opportunity (through some US/Japan special forces action).

    From a vile dictator, to a man of peace and prosperity, then to a killer of own citizens, the well tried and tested Western MSM pattern.

    Brilliant insight into a potentially serious confrontation between South Korea and Japan. The US with own troops in both countries. South Korea potentially becoming the defender of North Korea against Japan, a Back To The Future scenario of a berserk Japanese militarism (quite likely with a collapsing economy). Same old, same old.

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  3. that is a very interesting perspective. I have never looked at the politics between those countries in those context. thank you.

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  4. Although no one may admit it, with the tragic exception of the citizens of the DKPR, the status quo is best for all interested parties.

    China will never allow unification of a Korea allied with the U.S. And frankly it’s not in the interest of the U.S. either. U.S. troops sitting on the border of China would be a terribly dangerous situation. There’s too much of a risk of a border incident provoking another war between the U.S. and China in the Korean Peninsula.

    The only way China would allow Korea to reunite would be as a non-allied nation. A cornerstone of Chinese foreign policy for millennia has been to keep bordering countries weak. So South Korea has to choose between being a prosperous, free, but divided country, or a united but middle income country, like Vietnam or Mongolia.

    Korea has been the primary security concern of Japan since the Mongol invasions in the 13th century. Japan invaded Korea in the 16th century and fought a war with China and Russia in the late 19th – early 20th century over control of Korea, annexing the country. This was the start of a disasterous expansion of Japanese power into NE Asia, culminating in the mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan does not want to see either a strong, united Korea or Korea as a de facto ally of China.

    I think the same arguement applies to Russia. A strong, or Chinese allied Korea would be a threat to Russia’s Pacific coast.

    So I believe the sad reality is that North Korea remains an impoverished, dysfunctional country for the foreseeable future. Changing the status quo has too many risks for the players involved.

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    "China will never allow unification of a Korea allied with the U.S. And frankly it’s not in the interest of the U.S. either. U.S. troops sitting on the border of China would be a terribly dangerous situation."

    Its not like its somehow mandatory that we move the DMZ troops up to the Manchurian border. I agree that it would not be in our best interests to do so. So it seems we could simply refrain.
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  5. Although I agree that there are some in the United States who probably dream about dollar-imperializing North Korea, I rather doubt Kim Jung-il dreams about it. More importantly, though, I completely disagree that this would be a good thing if it were to happen.

    Whenever one reads about North Korea, the adjective-phrase one runs across most frequently, after “Hermit Kingdom,” is “economic basket-case.” I think this is simply a case of nonplussed journalists grasping at any oft-repeated combination of words in order to make themselves appear competent. Granted, North Korea is a poor country; but they have also been wildly successful in one important respect–they are one of the only places on earth to have staved off the encroachments of decadent Anglo-American financialism and the cultural trash it brings with it. Typically, our media mouthpieces refer to this as economic backwardness; you must either dance to the dollar’s tune or we will deride and destroy you. However, I think that, although the sacrifice has been great, North Korea has done an admiral job of preserving an independent national identity under very difficult circumstances, and eventually this will come to be recognized as a more important achievement than becoming another one of Uncle Sam’s East Asian tiger-toadies. The golden age of American imperialism is drawing to a close and the dollar is on its way out. There are other and stronger forces in the world than globalist economics. Nationalism is on the rise. Any country that has preserved something of a proud and united national character stands to benefit in the years and decades to come. North Korea, contrary to all expectations, may not be so backwards after all.

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  6. tbraton says:
    @Carlton Meyer
    The biggest barrier to peace in Korea are crazed US Army Generals worried about losing an excuse for a wartime budget. North Korea has agreed to peace, IF all foreign troops leave, but that is never reported in the USA. If Americans only knew the games going on, they'd be furious, detailed here:

    http://www.g2mil.com/casey.htm

    Trump has caught on and spoken out about this, but our corporate media ignores him, probably because they are clueless and still think nothing has changed in Korea over the past 30 years. The South Korean military is five times stronger than the North, and is slashing the size of its army to save money while the U.S Army spends ever more and even increases its size there.

    “Trump has caught on and spoken out about this, but our corporate media ignores him, probably because they are clueless and still think nothing has changed in Korea over the past 30 years.”

    As I pointed out at the time, Trump raised the issue of 25,000+ U.S. troops at the Korean DMZ on his own (and not in response to a question) at the very first Republican debate in Cleveland. He sounded to me like Pat Buchanan on that issue, which no other candidate in my memory has raised. For all the derision he has received from the MSM, Trump in the only candidate to strike the right pose on issue after issue when it comes to foreign affairs (opposed to the Iraq War, called for withdrawal of U.S. troops from the DMZ, opposed to our involvement in Syria and supportive of Russian attacks against ISIS, stated he will abide by the deal with Iran if elected). He’s probably pushing the envelope as far as it will go in the Republican Party, but I think even those steps he has taken is making more than a few leading lights in Washington a little nervous.

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  7. bunga says:

    Putin’s Question and the Ambassador’s Answer
    Posted By Joyce Nelson On October 27, 2015

    —So, on Oct 22, Putin said after his address, “In this respect, since this is a discussion club, I would like to ask Mr. Ambassador what he thinks of the USA’s unilateral withdrawal from the ABM Treaty.”

    Former Ambassador Jack Matlock answered: “I was personally opposed to that withdrawal and I take your point. I would say that I don’t think that any subsequent plans for the sort of deployments were or could be a threat to Russian systems. But in general, I am not a supporter of ABM systems. I would point out that I think the main source of that is not to threaten Russia but to secure employment in the United States. A lot comes from the military-industrial complex and the number of people it employs.”

    http://www.counterpunch.com

    This is what drives US military expenditures and US aggressions abroad .
    But does it really promote economic growth or create sustainable jobs?

    This mindset is preventing US from reaching out to a lot of countries ( Iran, Cuba, Sudan, N Korea and Mozambique) while other countries are fully taking advantages .

    NK should be brought out from the cold and given a chance based on real politics and not on some abstract stupid ideas of freedom( Western ) or narcissism ( North Korean ) .

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  8. @NJ Transit Commuter
    Although no one may admit it, with the tragic exception of the citizens of the DKPR, the status quo is best for all interested parties.

    China will never allow unification of a Korea allied with the U.S. And frankly it's not in the interest of the U.S. either. U.S. troops sitting on the border of China would be a terribly dangerous situation. There's too much of a risk of a border incident provoking another war between the U.S. and China in the Korean Peninsula.

    The only way China would allow Korea to reunite would be as a non-allied nation. A cornerstone of Chinese foreign policy for millennia has been to keep bordering countries weak. So South Korea has to choose between being a prosperous, free, but divided country, or a united but middle income country, like Vietnam or Mongolia.

    Korea has been the primary security concern of Japan since the Mongol invasions in the 13th century. Japan invaded Korea in the 16th century and fought a war with China and Russia in the late 19th - early 20th century over control of Korea, annexing the country. This was the start of a disasterous expansion of Japanese power into NE Asia, culminating in the mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan does not want to see either a strong, united Korea or Korea as a de facto ally of China.

    I think the same arguement applies to Russia. A strong, or Chinese allied Korea would be a threat to Russia's Pacific coast.

    So I believe the sad reality is that North Korea remains an impoverished, dysfunctional country for the foreseeable future. Changing the status quo has too many risks for the players involved.

    “China will never allow unification of a Korea allied with the U.S. And frankly it’s not in the interest of the U.S. either. U.S. troops sitting on the border of China would be a terribly dangerous situation.”

    Its not like its somehow mandatory that we move the DMZ troops up to the Manchurian border. I agree that it would not be in our best interests to do so. So it seems we could simply refrain.

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  9. tbraton says:

    “Its not like its somehow mandatory that we move the DMZ troops up to the Manchurian border. I agree that it would not be in our best interests to do so. So it seems we could simply refrain.”

    As Carlton Meyer pointed out in Comment #1 above, “North Korea has agreed to peace, IF all foreign troops leave, but that is never reported in the USA. ” Trump’s questioning of why we have 25,000+ troops on the Korean DMZ at the first Republican debate raises the broader issue of why we have any troops in Korea at this point, more than 60 years after the armistice was signed that ended the hostilities in Korea. I don’t know whether Trump has thought this through, but his emphasis on his mastery of the “Art of the Deal” does raise the possibility that “President” Trump may enter negotiations with North Korea in which we promise to withdraw all of our troops from Korea in exchange for certain commitments from the North. I think it is ridiculous that we still have troops in South Korea, when the South has twice the population and 8 times the GDP of the North. The South should be more than able to defend itself from the North, which is not even able to feed itself when there is no war going on.

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  10. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says: • Website

    Peter Lee, you crazy?

    “Rapprochement between the United States and North Korea is one of those things US strategists dream about, I expect: Burma style outreach extracting North Korea from China’s orbit and turning the PRC’s northeasterly neighbor into a US-friendly outpost and gadfly.”

    This so wrong. Now, it true that some people in US government want end of trouble and unification. But such people goodwilled and naive, and people with real power not naive but cunning and vile like Victoria Nuland.
    US worry that if Korea unite, US no more have excuse to keep troop in Korea, and then Korea, without US presence, grow closer to China. US no like.
    During cold war, China want north korea as buffer. They see South Korea as US lackey and enemy. But once China and South Korea become friendly, China figure unification of korea better. Then, no more excuse for US to keep troop in Korea and Korea revert to traditional role as satellite state of China.

    This why US make sure to increase tension in korea to keep south korea afraid and in need of US troop. Ironic but North Korea share US fears. NK fear that if unite with south, south totally dominate and Norks just become second-class servants of south folk. North Korean elite wanna keep what they got, but if unite, South Korean capital dominate. So, Norks also increase tension to rationalize its iron rule which really serve elite privilege interest.

    Of course, some American hope that if Korea unite, all of Korea grow closer to US. Though not impossible, it is risky because a united Korea could just as easy grow closer to China. It like Iraq invasion. When Shia regime come to power, it grow closer to Iran, arch enemy of Jews, than to US. US not much happy at outcome.
    But this kind of slap-in-face happen to all nation. China do much for Burma, but Burma say ‘Chinee go home’ and embrace America.
    And who know how things play out in Ukraine? Though US happy to see Ukraine so anti-Russian, ‘wrong’ kind of people can gain power and turn against America as well.

    Anyway, one reason why US not want unity in Korea is cuz South Korea much influenced and developed by US into puppet of US. If Korea unite, rush of nationalism come over Korea, and that undermine US globalist project.
    US want South Korea to unite with ‘world’ than with North Korea. It is like US wants Germany to unite with world than care about Germans or fellow Europeans. NYT tell Germany, ‘you good to care more about arabs and africans than about Germans and other Europeans such as Hungarians’. NYT also say, ‘Hungary suck so bad because Orban say Hungary is for Hungarians’. If Korea unite, 100% of Korean energy and capital go into uniting nation into one and that interrupt globalist project. US know south koreans are good yellow doggies. South Korea live for approval of US. It want be first asian nation to have ‘gay marriage’. It want be first east nation to be multi-culti like Sweden. It live for approval of West. South Korean women want look white by surgery and hair color change. South Korea want be asian capital of globalism, and US see value in this cuz ‘cool korea’ spread this ideology and fashion all through asia through soft power propaganda. Asians may study hard but not much have brain for art and culture. Most Asian women stupid and watch soap opera, and korea got control of this market that now controlled by homo. Korean boys now make up like ‘gay’. Japan used to be culture capital of Asia. No more. South Korea now take that role. It now controlled by homos who trained in USA. This why US not want unity of south and north. South now see itself as whites and blacks of Asia. South Korea want look white and act black. All they do is surgery and hair color change and sing rap. But if Korea unite, may south korea stop tomfoolery and rediscover self. Then, US globalist project in Korea drop dead and it no good for Jews and homos in US.

    “In order to demonstrate his willingness to go the extra mile in outreach to the United States as well as secure his rule, Kim Jung-un inaugurated his reign by executing the DPRK’s point man for PRC relations, Jang Sung-taek.”

    Pee Wee Lee, you some kind of nut? You say Kim killed Jang to woo America?
    That some crazy talk. That like saying Mao killed people to woo USSR or America.
    No, it was court politics in NK. It was not to send message to US. North Korea is not nationalist state. It is familist state. It is not nation in ordinary sense. It is Kimville.
    Kim family give Jang power to build relations with China. When young Kim come into power, he very nervous cuz he not sure who is who and what is what. He feel many laugh at him as fat ugly dumbass who into NBA and Michael Jackson, a kid to toy with.
    Kim fear China use Jang to gain influence and power. So, to send message, Kim kill Jang. But Stalin and Mao did much the same. It just paranoia though not without real consideration. When Kim Jong Il die, it not unreasonable to think that China now see an opportunity to gain greater influence and try to use Jang. So, new Kim fear this maneuver and try to preempt such.
    But it not to send message to America. That just silly.

    “It is now accepted writ that, whatever happens, North Korea will never surrender its nuclear weapons capability. One reason is, of course, Libya.”

    North Korea evil regime, but it have good sense on one thing: Jew-controlled US not be trusted. Dumb-butt Gadfly trust and end up with knife in butt and not even get chance to lug mattress around like Emma Sulkowicz. He end up killed fast.
    But in a way, NK’s refusal to get rid of nukes good for US. It means US now have excuse to see NK as enemy forever, and that means US troops in South Korea forever, and that means South Korea forever as colony of US. Besides, US has many Koreans who just whores of everything Americans, and these Korean-Americans serve as perfect collaborators to furthering US interest in SK. And Koreans, like many Asian folks, have study culture but no thinking culture, so Korean students in US just suck up all the PC and spew it all over their own country that is much retarded.

    In a way, if US still ruled by Anglo-American elites, problem solved much better. America’s change from Anglo-American rule to Jewish-homo rule a big tragedy for world. Looky at Middle East. Anglo-American more balanced. They support zionists but also understand arab interest. So, there used to be Arabist crowd.
    And Anglo-American rule would not see Russia as enemy. And Anglo-American rule understand that each nation has own history and identity and respect that. Anglo-America not try to change all the world. It maybe try to spread democracy and human rights but not much else. But Jewish-Homo or Jomo rule different. It seek to demographically change every nation. It turn Middle East and North Africa into demographic hellhole where everyone displaced by war. And then Jews say EU and even Japan must take in tons of refugees(but Israel not have to; it not even have to use Golan Heights as haven for Syrians even though Golan was taken from Syria). Jews seek to demographically diversify every nation. Homos seek to use transgression and subversion against all nations into homo-worship. Jews and homos wanna replace all national cultures with fashion/fad & pop culture where amnesia rules. When people become amnesiac, the only thing they care about is what they see on TV and Youtube. No sense of identity, history, and heritage. Anglo-American rulers respected the cultures and identities of other nations. Jomo rulers not believe such and seek subvert every nation and force homo parades in all of them against wish of native population.
    Jews work on upper elites and homos work on masses. Jews go to elites of EU and Asia and say ‘you better do this or no dessert’. Homos help homos in other nations to take control of pop culture, and then nation after nation feature more homos in pop culture and ‘gay’ become ‘new normal’. Now, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, and SK all into homo parades and such tomfoolery. Their homos work with US homos to spread homo stuff. SK men once be like Irish men and act tough but not they a bunch of wussy boy pansies unwilling and unable to defend nation. They go the way of Swedish men who once had viking blood run in vein but now act like dorks in that skin-crawly movie HER by Spike Jonze which made me almost puke. And look what Jomo influence did to American conservatism. Look at cucky boy Rich Lowry who make me sick in stomach. He look like someone who still carry lunch box to school.

    Peter Lee, you underestimate soft power. Looky at how Harry Potter serve to turn young people into homo-nuts. Rowhling make Dumbledork character and kids much love him, and then she say ‘he gay’, and kids think ‘gay’ is lovely. In America, Negroes done whup white folks but movie called GREEN MILE say even a mountain-size Negro is like god and holy and just wanna play with little white moue, and result is white folks worship the Negro. In a world so saturated with pop culture as main culture, whoever controls the pop and uses it a soft power gain much influence all over. It Popaganda.
    South Korea is useful as soft-power colony of the US. As a cuck-nation of US led globalism, it translate all things pop-American into pop-Asian.
    Long time ago, pop culture just for fun. When I see Brady Bunch, it just family comedy. But now, ideologues see pop culture as vehicle for political message, and since people no longer have roots in history and heritage the world over, their truth is as according to pop culture and nothing else. Will and Grace make homos holy to American folks. Control of Pop is the control of world.
    Consider how much power Negroes have in America just because they control rap music that drive young kids crazy all over world. Kids all over worship Snoopy Dog Doggy.

    Speaking of Jews, this nuke stuff is big deal cuz of Israel, Israel, Israel. Israel a nation built on robbing land from Pallies and it have 300 nukes. It violate all international law. It still occupy remaining Palestinian land. But US cuck out to Israel cuz US is ruled by Jews. Since Jews are so into Israel, Israel, Israel, they wanna do everything to prevent Iran and other Middle East nation from having nukes. Israel want to be only nation with nuke in region. That is why Iran and North Korea big issue for so long. If there no Israel, then no fear of Iran with nukes. And if no such fear, NK having nukes not much deal. But cuz NK has nukes or sort of have nukes, US much concerned about NK doing business with Iran and other nations.
    So, NK not just an Asian issue. It is part of global Middle East issue related to Israel.

    If US were ruled by Anglo-Americans, this not much of issue. But since it run by Jews, NK’s nukes a big issue. Since Jews rule US, Anglo-American cucks like Bolton the Dolton and McCain the Insane also bark orders given to them by Jews. It all so pathetic. It’s like Carly Fiorina saying we must fight Russia cuz she depend on Jews and homos for donors. Jews and homos hate Russia cuz Russia won’t let Jewish oligarchs have everything, and vain homos much angry that Russians not worship them like dumb Americans and Western Europeans bend over to homo pud.

    “From 2005 until 2007, US North Korean policy was handed over to regime-change enthusiasts of dubious competence under the leadership of John Bolton and Bob Joseph, and an ambitious plan to suffocate, destabilize, confront, and eventually topple the DPRK was derailed only by the conspicuous failure of the Iraq adventure and the thrashing of the GOP in the 2006 midterms.”

    This not true. US never serious about invading NK, not even under Bush. It just big talk to give impression that US angry over human rights all over and not just in Middle East. But invasion of NK could never happen cuz SK never go along with it. If invasion happen, even if NK fall and lose, it shoot lots of missiles to Seoul and mess it up real bad. Also, China not tolerate US invasion. And no way UN would endorse it.
    It was just sound and fury with no real bite.

    “Today, the most compelling strategic foundation for the DPRK nuclear weapons program—and one that receives virtually no play in the public media–is to deter the PRC. The PRC has extensive interests and assets, economic, strategic, covert, what have you, inside North Korea, and undoubtedly has game plans to intervene militarily in North Korea in case of a succession crisis—or even before. But then there’s Mr. Nuke.”

    It likely that China have contingency plans for interfering in NK but all nations have such as ‘game plan’. Such ‘game plan’ not meant for reality however. There is no way China invade NK even if NK no have nuke. Such invasion would ruin relation with SK forever. China have enough problem dealing with Tibetans and Muslims, and those fellas in China proper. If China invade NK, it would be massive headache like entry into Vietnam. Surely, China now much stronger than in late 70s, but it be one big pain. Also, it ruin China’s reputation in rest of Asia. All Asian nation think, ‘looky, big chinaman invade small weak country’. It no good. Chinese have theoretic ‘game plans’ but there no serious plan to invade NK. Peter Lee, you some kind of nut.

    “Cheap, tractable labor, abundant resources, a central position as a gateway to the Pacific for Russia and a trade artery for Japan and the West into the Manchu-Mongolian heartland…no wonder the Korean peninsula was the keystone for Japanese empire-building in the 20th century.”

    You overstate. True, NK have lots of mineral resources but it not matter much to world. If NK were to vanish today, it not matter much to world economy or Asian economy. Also, NK as gateway is past story. Even if NK not exist geographically, Japan can do business with any nation, China with any nation. Korea mattered as a gateway when world move slowly via ships and trains. Now, with modern transportation connecting everything, NK means little for business. But it significant because of its geopolitical position. Its geoeconomics is not so important.
    When Japan invade Korea, it matter much cuz Japan next eye Manchuria and parts of Russia. But all such ambition moot now. Japan no want conquer anyone. North Korea matter cuz it between China and SK with US military.

    It too bad that Japan won(or got better of) Russo-Japanese War. History be better if Russia won. Then, Russia got control of Korea. It be better for Korea cuz Russians were mild imperialist and very tolerant. Look how the Russian Tsar was very tolerant of Muslim areas under Russian rule. Russia would have built economic ties with Korea but not try to turn it into little Russia, whereas Japanese imperialism try to turn Korea into little Japan and even try to wipe out culture and language.

    Also, it would have been better for Russia. Cuz Russia lost to Japan, Tsar lose much prestige and this humiliation pave way for revolution. Russia got bad cooties for being first big white nation to lose to non-white nation. Maybe if Russia win, no Russian commie revolution later.

    And if Japan lose the war with Russia, it grow more careful and reflective. Not act so wild and crazy. With Russia dominant in Manchuria and Korea, Japan no have war with China. And fearing the white power of Russia, Japan not later make war on white America and lose big time. Japan’s win over Russia fill it with reckless confidence.
    If we could turn back clock, US should have supported Russia against Japan in the war. But US and UK more or less supported Japan. This what happens when white folks support non-whites against whites.

    “South Korea has pivoted –heh- towards China, to the chagrin of the United States, and for the time being sees its interests best served by tag-teaming with Beijing on DPRK policy.”

    S Koreans so dumb because its victimological nationalism is connected to Japan. All nations want play holy victim, and with SK, there is Japan as forever bad guy, and this anti-Japan politicking turned out bad for SK. Why SK no bury the hatchet? Sure, Japan did some bad stuff, but past is past. Korea and Japan natural allies, but Korea keep acting toward Japan like Jews to Germany. What Korea no understand is this no works because Koreans no have power of Jews. It not just German guilt that make Germans so slavish to Jews. It because Jews control the US and globalism. If Germany displease Jews, Jews can use American power to hurt Germany. Koreans no have such power to hurt Japan. Koreans so naive it funny. Koreans think US is human-rights nation on side of Korea against Japan. Indeed, there was time when US made some stink about Yasukuni Shrine and object to Japan prime minister visiting there. Koreans think, ‘looky, Americans so good and understand our pain and on our side’. Dumb Koreans no understand that American policy of ‘human rights’ is joke. Americans invoke human rights on and off depending on own interest. Since China and US now under strain, US grow closer to Japan and US now totally mute even if Japanese leaders go to Yasukuni to do the boogie woogie. It’s like US make stink about homos in Russia but no stink about homos in Saudi Arabia. But Koreans are like little children and no understand foreign policy. It like that dumb Banky Moon just follow UN orders and condemn patriotic Hungary because it try to defend itself from invaders. Koreans retards.

    “So there are at least two complicating factors for the US game plan for North Korea. The first, as mentioned above, is that the DPRK is unlikely to abandon its nuclear deterrent. Second, the US tilt toward Japan as its crucial pivot enabler is driving South Korea, the most important and committed player on the future of North Korea, into the arms of the PRC.”

    Peter Lee, you nuts? It true that Korea’s bad relations with Japan make SK closer to China. But this has limit. Eventually, SK has to obey US and be puppet. After all, US military in Korea. Also, despite all problems, SK prefer US over China for many reasons. SK may have more trade with China, but SK know US is still leader in everything. Also, SK’s technology follows that of US while China is catching up to SK and very fast. Also, economically, US more generous than China. And there more rule of law with business with US whereas Chinese very corrupt and dirty and have no principles. It like buying ice cream from Mexican. You not know what you eating really.

    Korea want holy victimhood like Jews and Negroes got. But it not easy. Korea can’t play holy victim to US that divide the peninsula and kill many Koreans with bombing. As SK depends on US protection, it not smart to alienate America. So, all bad things America did to Korea swept under carpet. Korea can play holy victim of big bad China, but China now a big independent nation that take no shit from anyone.
    Korea fear China.
    Why Korea target Japan? Cuz Japan lost WWII and become weak nation. Sure, its economy recover but politically and militarily, it a puppet of the US. It a whore. SK a whore too. So, whore revile whore. It’s like dog attack attack. SK too afraid to mess with China and too dependent on US to make US the bad guy. But since Japan no have political power, SK badmouth it, and SK think US on its side cuz US defeated bad nasty Japan, cuz US is for human rights, and cuz US makes so much fuss about slavery and holocaust. But slavery and holocaust are big issues only cuz blacks and Jews got big power in US. Victimology work only if you got the power to promote and favor your victimology over others. Jews got power. If Jews no got power, even the horrible holocaust would not be big deal. And blacks got power, not least due to help from Jews, and that is why slavery a big issue. And look at homos. Today, homo stuff is on par with slavery and holocaust cuz homos got lots of power, again thanks to Jews. Victimology is not about morality but about power. Koreans think their victimology a big deal cuz they suffer under Japan, but they no got power to make Japan act like Germans toward Jews. And Koreans now find out past US anger over Yasukuni was all just an act. Now that US and Japan are close against China, US no longer fuss about Japan’s bad record. It like postwar scenario all over again. First US act so angry with bad bad Japan. But when Cold War begin, all of sudden, US forgive even Japanese war criminal and friends with Japan again. And Hirohito made into good guy who just misguided by advisers.

    Anyway, here is final crux of matter. In the end, Korea not matter to Asia. It about China and Japan, though Japan may fade too. With low birthrates, Japan dying and Japanese industry want massive immigration.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201504180035

    It only matter of time before SK and Japan become like Third World nation demographically. In end, China may be only East Asian standing.

    Be as it may, the real mess of Asia is China and Japan always mess up since age of western imperialism. Japan modernize first but made big mistake in alienating China. This mess up Japan-China relations for much of 20th century. Japan, to remain main Asian power, treated Chinese worse than westerners treat Chinee. And this needless get Japan involved with war with US and lose war and since loss, Japan become cuck of US.

    Then, China had chance to grow and develop and become leading Asian nation. And in 80s, Japan see this as good news. As Japan-US relations grow worse with US saying Japan Inc take over all world, Japan look to China and hope to build new relations. If China grow and develop as friendly power of Japan, Japan could move away from US orbit. While US and Japan made agreement after WWII, that agreement only carry weight only so far as long as Japan a military and economic colony of US.
    But if China grow strong and become dominant and could play the main force in Asia, Japan could side with China and ignore the agreement. No agreement on paper has any value without power behind it. If I force you to sign something, it has value only because I hold gun to your head. Without such gun, that agreement mean nothing. After WWII, US hold gun to Japanese head. That is why agreement matter. Remove the gun, the agreement is moot. Best chance for Japan to be free of the US gun to its head is to have China grow into Asia’s superpower. Then, China with its big gun can serve as counter-force as US gun that has, since WWII, controlled the pacific. Then, Japan, with China as new ally, could tear up the agreement.
    But stupid Chinese messed up by making Japan out to be the big bad enemy of Japan, and all this anti-Japanese sentiment finally boiled over and Japan decide to go with America and America reciprocating.

    So, Japan mess up in past by attacking and alienating China, and now China mess up relations by alienating Japan with endless ‘Japs suck’ propaganda. And of course, Jews love it cuz it’s idiot yellows doing three-stooges with one another over past history and silly little islands. Yellow mind myopic. It see close picture but not big picture.
    In long run, if Japan were to have more kids and survive as a nation — mass migration will kill it since japanese individuals are wimps and powerless before foreigners( japanese power was always collective and this was manifest by keeping foreigners out; if foreigners enter Japan in big numbers and if these foreigners were to deal with Japanese on a one-on-one individual basis, the Japanese would totally lose out) — , its future really lies in good relation with China, and vice versa. Korea is just distraction in all this. Korea or no Korea, China and Japan can make peace and make things work for Pacific Asia. In past, Japanese fail to see big picture and try to rule all. Today, Chinese fail to see big picture and just focus so much on Chinese this, Chinese that, and alienate Japan and other nations. They so dumb.

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