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North Korea leader holds off on Guam missile plan

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Hardly surprising. So fatso isn't ready to wiped off the face of the map then?

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In order to defuse the tensions and prevent the dangerous military conflict on the Korean peninsula, it is necessary for the U.S. to make a proper option first," he added.

He's asking this to a man who says "fire and fury like the world has never seen"

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Posture enough just to get the heat off trump and his lackey abe. This is almost comical.

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So someone please explain to me how what Trump did and said either (a) didnt work or (b) didnt cause this to happen.

Otherwise, I can happily report that this is a success for Trump and his way of handling it was actually correct.

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Otherwise, I can happily report that this is a success for Trump and his way of handling it was actually correct.

Can you tell me what has changed? NK didn't fire a missile. Big deal.

Have they halted their missile program?

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It is important to not refer to his suinae profile. It is more appropriate to refer to him as Kim non-slim. It is China that needs to be "called out." China is the master of the CYA game and it is going to pay for its "just survive" attitude of its offspring. Supposedly Kim non-slim was educated in a European. He must have been absent with a note from his father when the 35mm film was shown about the Hiroshima devastation. He just doesn't "get it."

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I wish he would clarify which foolish and stupid Yankees he is POed at and why. A slumping Aaron Judge bringing down his high stakes fantasy league team? Derek Jeter for purchasing the lackluster Miami Marlins franchise?

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Possibly allowing time for the Submarine Launched Nukes to be deployed. And even maybe creation of dummy missile warheads to overload any anti-missile response.

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Can you tell me what has changed? NK didn't fire a missile. Big deal.

Thats a huuuuge deal. Werent they supposed to fire a missile to Guam and kill us all because Trump actually called him out and told him in very strong 'mean' words not to do it? Werent we all going to die because of Trump's stupidity but now we arent? That huge!

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Thats a huuuuge deal

Its like saying, "Trump talked tough. And because of that, that thing that's never happened still didn't happen. Huge success!"

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Possibly allowing time for the Submarine Launched Nukes to be deployed. And even maybe creation of dummy missile warheads to overload any anti-missile response.

Simple people without knowledge on the subject keep waving "AMERICA FIRST" flag with complete disregard of common sense and reality. So much for nationalists.

North Korea is neither an alien invader nor a super-power, they do not bolster 100 mini-nuclear warheads and 1000 dummy rockets to fool such an exquisite defensive grid America has been building since the end of World War 2. The problem lies in the word "defensive". They can shoot missiles down, job done no threat anymore North Korea no missiles no resources all happy. There be line. Except some might go "PURIFY THE EVIL NORTH KOREA! COUNTER-SLAUGHTER MILLIONS OF ALREADY SUFFERING PEOPLE! AMERICA FIRST!" and will justify Hiro-Naga experience for the North Korean people. People who pose no real (or phantom) threat to anyone except South Korea. Which, in its turn, is in even less turmoil in regards to the matter than a superpower an ocean across. And this is all based on the words "Silence!!! I'll nuke you!". What a circus is world politics...

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Its like saying, "Trump talked tough. And because of that, that thing that's never happened still didn't happen. Huge success!"

yes that was exactly the goal. The thing that everyone said would or could happen, did not. This was directly because Trump informed Kim of the consequences of doing so, which forced him to reconsider and back down. Or have you already forgotten this mass hysteria of last week?

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The south Koreans sees the North Korean threatening wasnt their business or their alerts. See the old women passingby without a look ?

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Somehow, it's not Kim I'm worried about "pulling the trigger," but our own lunatic leader, Pompous Don of Orange. Our leader who, when he's not too busy staring in a mirror and composing sonnets to his greatness, is a cross between a Mexican jumping bean and a wildcat on meth.

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China lost its bottle because they believe Trump is a mad man. China has used the fat boy to see how far the international community can be pushed. Then they know how far their ambitions in the mineral rich South China Sea can be advanced. Up until now the response from the West has been very weak and China has pushed its luck. Now Trump has pushed back he should continue to push back and show China and NK that they do not have free reign in the area. As for SK, Trump should say guys you are either with us, or with them. Make your mind up.

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Zed.. but its not so easy for SK to "just be with them", they are the ones that will suffer, NK may have limited resources to reach further afield but Seoul is in range of weapons they do have.

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I'm sure this is joyous news to those North Koreans who maintain furtive contact with the outside world (at risk of labor camp - or worse). All of the talk of the Kim-Trump chessmatch seems to have lost focus on what's really important: There is a nation of slaves that is suffering horribly right now.

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The pressure Trump put out was always directed at China.....they used their influence because they thought there might actually be a war on their border.

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@Daniel Naumoff - I based my comments upon other sources detailing activity relating to the concealment of docked Submarines , and the inability of THAAD for handling multiple incoming projectile - several small warheads separated from one missle post-entry would pose a significant challenge - particularly if the operator cant tell which one is the real weapon.

Don't underestimate the N. Koreans, look at what they've achieved to-date .

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It's certainly not the end of this saga but it's a good thing that Kim Jong-Un blinked because I don't think Trump was about to.

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So someone please explain to me how what Trump did and said either (a) didnt work or (b) didnt cause this to happen.

Yes, it's perfectly simple. Though only for people capable of remembering as long ago as a week, and keeping a sequence of about three events in the correct order in their heads.

Trump warned: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen". The obvious interpretation is that he was referring to first-strike use of nuclear weapons against North Korea, reserving the option of doing so in response to anything said by North Korea that he considers a threat, even though North Korea constantly issues threats.

North Korea responded to the warning by immediately doing exactly what Trump told them they must not do, on pain of nuclear war, which is to threaten the United States (with a specific plan concerning Guam).

Some further cock-waving ensued on both sides.

Eventually North Korea, true to form and in a pattern that has remained consistent since the days of Kim Il Sung (let's say the last 50 years), backed off from its dire threat and mumbled something to the effect of "You'd better watch it, that's all."

I can happily report that this is a success for Trump and his way of handling it was actually correct.

Can you.

Trump with his nuclear war talk directly precipitated a threat to Guam, so now that North Korea has backed off from that (for the moment), we are back exactly where were a couple of weeks ago. Trump is in the same position vis-a-vis North Korea as every US president since Eisenhower. It's called stalemate.

You think Trump should get credit for averting a threat he was the cause of? That's frigging surreal.

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Negative. He didn't cause the threat he responded to it and eliminated it. But CNN fake news wants to make the NK dictator look strong still and not credit Trump at all so we get this:

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/14/politics/mattis-north-korea-guam-game-on/index.html

there is no game on and Kim didn't tell Trump it's his move, he backed down.

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You think Trump should get credit for averting a threat he was the cause of? That's frigging surreal.

C'mon. Read between the lines. Stop depending on the MSM so much maybe? This is and always has been about China.

Just yesterday...

"China bans North Korean iron, lead, coal imports as part of U.N. sanctions"

That's why Kimmie is back peddling. I'd say Trump won this round.

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Trump IS making America great again. Never back down! Good move!

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Negative. He didn't cause the threat he responded to it and eliminated it. 

Like I said, you'd need to be able to keep several events in your head in the correct sequence. Some people just can't manage it, even though it was only a few days ago. Understandable - inhabiting a miasma of pro-Trump bullshit would inevitably fuddle the mind.

Trump made his "fire and fury world has never seen" comments first, in which he specifically told North Korea not to threaten the US. North Korea responded right away by threatening the US, in this case Guam, thereby disregarding Trump's warning. Then they eventually backed off, which is what they've always done.

As to the threat being eliminated, North Korea has long experience of this game, and will be doing it again, because it's what they've always done. As you claim to think the threat has been eliminated, when it resurfaces, you're going to feel a bit confused.

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Nuclear lunatic fatty Kim Jong-un will never attack on Guam because he knows US will bomb and kill him. Kim Jong-un was no different from other coward peoples and they scare of die. I bet, Kim Jong-un was sleeping and living in underground nuclear bunker. He knows his country can't compete with United State. Kim Jong-un is lying to his peoples and he was pretending to be tough guy in N. Korean peoples' eyes.

How long N. Korean peoples will see fatty lunatic Kim Jong-un as their hero if he didn't do something stupid as he said?

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