Kim will play Trump on nuclear arms to get help, end isolation
SEE ALSO :US, China trade debates persistAnd yet – and yet – North Korea has leapt to the top of the world in two strategic areas. It’s a proven power in the use of cyber weapons. It regularly hacks the most secret treasures in the West. This is a huge advantage to steal technology, military and economic secrets, and scoop classified intelligence from friends and especially foes. But it is North Korea’s nuclear and missile technology that’s a marvel – and I don’t say that to endorse it. I am simply wowed by how a pauper nation – that’s beggarly – can develop sophisticated nuclear weaponry. Not even Saddam Hussein, or Kaddafi, or even Saudi Arabia with all their oil billions have been able to cross, or approach, the nuclear threshold. What’s clear is Kim has done what neither his father, nor his deified grandfather, were able to do – amassed a true nuclear arsenal with intercontinental ballistic missiles to strike the United States. Even more stunning is the fact that American – and Western intelligence services – completely missed the rapidity of these developments. They thought North Korea was at least a decade away from perfecting nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. The Little Rocket Man isn’t so little anymore. US military planners are reported to have contingent plans to nuke North Korea’s nukes. But methinks that’s a bluff. The damage North Korea could do to South Korea in such a conflict would be an unimaginable holocaust. North Korea could possibly hit the US. It only needs to succeed once, even if it’s annihilated in the exchange – as it would. The North Korean regime isn’t suicidal – it’s only homicidal. That’s why I believe Kim will eat Trump’s lunch at the first ever US-North Korea presidential summit, if it actually takes place. Trump doesn’t have any viable military options. He can threaten “fire and fury” but I believe that’s the empty boast of a megalomaniacal leader. The US has to negotiate with Kim on his terms since he has the upper hand. The arsenal in his pocket is a deterrent against a US military strike. Could wipe out North Korea doesn’t have to nuke South Korea. It has thousands of artillery pieces that could wipe out Seoul. That’s why President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has put on a charm offensive on Kim. He’s disregarded Trump’s tough rhetoric on North Korea. Blood is thicker than water. This is my prediction. North Korea won’t denuclearise. It will keep its arsenal and agree not to develop more weapons in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, economic assistance, and an end to international isolation. Kim will play Trump.