Trump Admin: North Korea Using Nukes as “Blackmail”

A member of President Trump’s National Security Council said Tuesday that North Korea could be trying to force the U.S. to abandon their support for South Korea with their increasingly-unhinged rhetoric and their pursuit of nuclear capabilities.

Matt Pottinger, who is one of the president’s chief security advisers on the Pacific region, said that “deterrence” was only one facet of Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons development program.

“They have made no secret in conversations they have had with former American officials, for example, and others that they want to use these weapons as an instrument of blackmail to achieve other goals, even including perhaps coercive reunification of the Korean Peninsula one day,” Pottinger said.

The national security expert reiterated that the U.S. was not looking to knock Kim Jong Un out of power in North Korea, but he said it was no longer acceptable to sit back and wait for the dictator to expand his WMD arsenal.

“We really have no choice but to increase pressure on North Korea to diplomatically isolate them, to bring a greater economic pain to bear until they are willing to make concrete steps to start reducing that threat,” he said.

The brunt of Trump’s strategy on Pyongyang appears to still rest on China’s cooperation; without the help of their Communist neighbors, North Korea would have crumbled under international sanctions a long time ago. Experts remain skeptical about President Xi Jinping’s willingness to bring adequate pressure to bear on the Kim regime, but a new piece of commentary published by North Korean state media could hint at the Chinese government’s changing stance.

The Korean Central News Agency criticized recent editorials in China’s state media, which had urged tougher sanctions on North Korea.

“A string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China every day only to render the present bad situation tenser,” the commentary stated. “China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations.

“The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China,” the commentary concluded.

If this commentary is any indication, North Korea could be all by its lonesome very soon. Isolated and out of options, Kim Jong Un will either have to finally make good on his threats to destroy any country within missile range or submit to international pressure at long last.

We may be nearing the time when we’ll find out once and for all just how mad the North Korean dictator really is.

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  1. Regards North Korea…The right thing to do is generate further sanctions from China and stronger monitoring of the borders allowing North Korea to smuggle drugs throughout the Asian continent. There are too many South Korean lives at stake . More sanctions from China, less money from drugs, may bring Pyonyang to it’s knees. War is a last resort

    • Can you even imagine what China would do to North Korea if their insane leader launched even a non-nuclear missile against them???

      I can. They would cease to exist.

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    • blow them off the map,if people dont wont to fight for there country ,LEAVE, OR DO LIKE bill clinton.

    • What you say is mostly true; but a change in leadership must come first. The fat pig must be erased.

    • Agree Greg, But it remains that the Korean ‘Michelin dough boy’ is crazier than an outhouse mouse, unless his military advisors can keep him under control!

  2. If North Korea launches against the west coast of the United States, what do we have to lose other than several sanctuary cities?

  3. Krazeehors…You may be right.To Whaledriver….I understand sarcasm

  4. Threaten the ugly fat kid running N Korea, the only place he can hit on the mainland with his nukes is California, no harm done, kill off a lot of liberal and wetbacks.

  5. Robert Brumley

    Isolating NK from the rest of the world where they have no resources for energy, and no food for fatboy may make him change his tune or make him a looney toon like this article states. He’s either going to make or break any time soon. Hopefully not the later. Another way to look at it is if he does break it will end for him permanently and there will be peace in the Korean peninsula.

  6. Of course it’s Blackmail…….They and iran need to delay and build their nuke stocks and delivery systems.

  7. During the Korean War the President Truman (Dumbocrat) would not let our military go above the 38 parallel. We lost many great Americans during that war and in talking to some people that were in the military would have liked to the Dumbocrats fight the war. If we would have kept going there would not be the problems we have now. When will these dumb Dumbocrats realize that we fight a war to win!!!

    • Thinkingman2025

      Do learn some Marine history. After the inchon landings, US forces raced north almost to the Yalu River, then they encountered a huge Chinese army pouring across, which pushed them back well south of the 38 parallel. After 3 years of hard fighting reminiscent of the Italian campaign in WW-II, the Chinese were pushed back to the present armistice line. Do not call Harry Truman a Dumbocrat. He was not like a modern Socialist Demo-rat, and they didn’t call him “Give ’em Hell, Harry” for nothing. Certainly the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would never think of him as a wimp.

    • It appears to me that the “weapon suppliers” don’t intend for us to win wars; They want us to be fighting someplace continuously.
      As it is said, “Follow the money!” if we want to understand much. We tend to think every issue is a result of political beliefs, but it really comes down to the profit motive.

    • And strangely… we have not actually won a war since 1945.
      ‘ Conflicts ‘ are not now called wars. Too Bad… we might have the will to win one if they were.

  8. I thought that’s the way how every nation plays this game. Using its military might to manipulate its way to gain recognition & survival. When N. Korea uses nukes to make their voice heard…we call it ‘blackmailing’. When we use our advanced military techs on other small nations…we call it ‘peace keeping’. I’m confused.

  9. I don’t know how to break it to you, but “Soy Sauce Stain” is a mirror image of Adolph Hitler in 1936. Unless he and his followers are killed, there will be no peace in the Pacific Rim. Sanctions won’t work (he’ll just further destroy his people and use what funds he still has to make certain that he eats, and his military remains in power).

    Many people just con’t recognize a vicious Communist dictator when the see one. I fought against his kind. I know.

    Kim Jung Un must die, and his regime dismantled. It is as simple as that.

  10. Dennis Anderson

    Find ot where that fat faced little cherub hangs out and then drop a MOAB on him and his close knit advisors. Dennis Rodman who?

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