Trump’s “Fire and Fury” Wouldn’t Be the First for North Korea

Royston Leonard / Mediadrumworld/ZUMA Press/Newscom Leave it to Donald Trump to threaten to rain “fire and fury” on the North Korean people the same week the world observed the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. government’s vindictive atomic bombings of Japanese civilians.

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North Korea Issues “Emergency Standby Orders” To Civil Defense Units: Report

With markets about to close for the next 2 days, the question on every trader’s mind is: ” should i carry risk over the weekend, or should I dump it all in case North Korea fires another test, or non-test, ICBM launch which may be just the provocation Trump needs to give the green light to a squadron of B-1 bombers to begin a bombing campaign.” After all, Trump himself tweeted this morning that “military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.

Source: North Korea Issues “Emergency Standby Orders” To Civil Defense Units: Report

Mattis Statement Means Trump Not Bluffing

Secretary of Defense James Mattis made the following statement:

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Mattis making a statement like this indicates not only that military operations are possible, but that active planning is underway if not completed.  This situation looks to get more tense in the near future and the outcome as to whether military action takes place may lie with China’s ability to bring the DPRK under some sort of control.

One scenario would be for China to take preemptive action to remove the regime and occupy the North as a buffer to the South.

The International Law of Anticipatory Self-Defense and US Options in North Korea

On July 4, North Korea tested a Hwasong-14 ICBM, rushing closer to posing a major nuclear threat to the U.S. Just a few weeks later on July 28, the Kim Jong-un regime tested its second ICBM, this time with a range that may include major cities in the continental U.S. To make matters more concerning, the Defense Intelligence Agency has said that North Korea could successfully arm an ICBM with a nuclear warhead as early as next year.

Source: The International Law of Anticipatory Self-Defense and US Options in North Korea