Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rumors of War

U.S. military moves THAAD system to South Korea site overnight -
UPI reports: "The U.S. military moved equipment for a missile defense system to its designated site in central South Korea, but the overnight transfer of THAAD to Seongju County was met with opposition from local residents and religious groups. [...] One THAAD unit typically includes six launchers, and the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, subordinate to the U.S. Eighth Army, would operate the system."

China demands South Korea remove THAAD defense system -
UPI reports: "China demanded Seoul remove the U.S. missile defense system THAAD on Wednesday, after the U.S. military moved missiles and road-mobile launchers to a designated site in central South Korea overnight.

Administration talks tough on North Korea, but senators hear nothing new -
 UPI reports: "While U.S. senators said they heard nothing new Wednesday in a 'sobering briefing' on North Korea, a senior official in President Donald Trump's administration said military preparations are underway. [...] Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said there no talk about a preemptive strike on North Korea during the hour-long update in a rare visit to the White House by the entire Senate. [...] Members of both parties said they were reassured about the administration's handling of an increasingly tense standoff with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un."

Comment: It looks like Trump is lining up support at home while providing incentive for China to support efforts to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue. I'm encouraged that Trump is keeping Congress in the loop, but I'm worried that they are not doing enough to prepare the American public for the real possibility of a renewed Korean War.

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