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.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis made the following statement:
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.
In the latest escalation between two nuclear powers, China has turned the war threat amplifier up to ’11’ by threatening India (in an article published a Chinese state-controlled newspaper) that it could conduct a “small-scale military operation” to expel Indian troops from a contested region in the Himalayas .