President Trump says patience with North Korea is over

07 03 2017
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un shows off what is claimed to be a spherical nuclear bomb in early 2016.

The U.S. doesn’t want war, but it thinks North Korea has already crossed a red line. North Korea is estimated to possess up to 20 nuclear weapons and a wide-ranging arsenal of ballistic missiles, all capable of striking neighboring countries. The United States already has over 100 F-16 fighter aircraft in South Korea. They have been conducting exercises in South Korean airspace regularly for some time — we need to watch this as these kinds of exercises often take place before an attack. Such was the circumstance before Operation Desert Storm.

Asked by Congressman Tim Ryan why we don’t launch a war to end this threat, Defense Secretary James Mattis replied that, while we might “win … at great cost,” such a war would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital … one of the most densely packed cities on earth.” Seoul has a metro-area population of 24 million. South Korea, which would endure the brunt of the war, is looking for a way to bring North Korea to the negotiating table. If Washington is compelled to move resolutely toward war, the South cannot prevent it. But Seoul will try to stall the U.S.

There’s still much we don’t know. For example we don’t know how exactly North Korea would counter an attack by the U.S. Its leaders are seemingly swaggering in their behavior, which has all but taunted Washington to attack. Either they are bluffing or they have doable options for a counterattack. Maybe they are further along in their nuclear program than the U.S. thought. Maybe their ballistic missiles can reach Japan and Guam. They don’t seem to be afraid of a war.

This is a very dangerous situation that we are watching closely on a daily basis. President Donald Trump, speaking alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement from the Rose Garden, declared, “The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed, And, frankly, that patience is over.” Let us hope that we are only dealing with the rumor of war and not a future war between North Korea, the United States and South Korea. Such a war would result in massive casualties (Matthew 24:6).

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