Norks back off threats to Guam

| August 15, 2017 | 89 Comments

Fox News reports that Kim Jong Un backed away from his threats to nuke Guam.

Kim Jong Un’s remarks came as he made his first public appearance in nearly two weeks, inspecting his army and examining missile plans, the official state media arm, KCNA, reported, according to Reuters. But the leader also tempered his recent fiery rhetoric, appearing to step back from the brink in an intensifying war of words between United States and North Korean leaders.

“He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared,” KCNA reported.

Defense Secretary James Mattis had threatened that in the event of a direct threat to the US it would be “game on”. His remark came after President Trump described the US response as “fire and fury”. The Chinese had also indicated they would not support the North Koreans if they initiated an attack.

The Associated Press reports that a THAAD missile defense system has been deployed to Guam since 2013 – I think that was before January 20th, 2017.

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  1. David says:

    He got what he wanted… rattled our cage and provoked a threat of nuclear war out of us. He gets some street cred among the anti-American folks he wants to impress, and learned a little more detail of when is ‘too much’, without crossing the ‘aw shit’ line. I suspect this worked out pretty much how he wanted it to.

    • Casey says:

      I must disagree. I think Kim was surprised that Trump met him face to face (as it were) in the Street Theater Olympics. Basically Trump was saying “nigga, please.” Kim didn’t know how to respond to that, so he backed off while saving face.

  2. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I wonder what the Kim-Cheese the tubby little SHIT will try next?

  3. Sapper3307 says:

    Its gotta be hard being the only fat kid NorkLand.

  4. FuzeVT says:

    It’s refreshing to have a grown up in charge here who understands that the only thing people like the NORKS understand is force. “Guns end gun violence” is a universal truth and when the crying of baby Kim is meet with we will “#!&* you up” by the president and the SECDEF, he (and the other despots) will back down.

    We’ve tried it the Left’s way of talk and talk and promises and concessions. That didn’t work. And exactly how long would we have to have that not work until the libs said “enough is enough, lets let some men to kick that guy’s ass”? I’m guessing never.

    This is why you have to vote for grown ups (people who can see the need for the legitimate use of force) as opposed to Pajama Boys who think just “reasoning with them” one more time will do it. That’s “Dumb Diplomacy”.

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    Well, the Norks do get rice from the USA. They relabel it so it doesn’t say ‘USA’, but there are photos of it being relabeled somewhere online.

    Don’t worry. This was a test. It was only a test. In a real emergency, your tornado siren will go off, telling you to head to the nearest bomb shelter, even if you never built one.

    I’m just waiting to see what he comes up with next.

    • Casey says:

      My guess is that there are back-channel negotiations going on (Trump is the premier deal-maker, no?) with the end result that North Korea gives up the nuke program for the promise of no attempts at regime change.

      Your mileage may vary.

  6. Commissar says:

    The recent exchange of threats between the US and North Korea was not a win for the US or the President.

    • GDContractor says:

      CNBC disagrees:

      “After a weekend filled with a series of conciliatory statements from China, some of them downright surprising, the situation with North Korea seems to be less tense right now, which could be construed as a major win for the Trump team.

      To be specific, the big move came Monday as China agreed to ban imports of North Korean iron, lead, and coal as part of new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang. That’s hitting Kim Jon Un’s regime where it hurts.
      But there was also the statement in the Chinese-run state newspaper Global Times on Friday that said that if North Korea attacks the U.S., China should remain neutral. In other words, they’d be on their own.”

      Try again?

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      HEY Babbles McButthead, WTF about China’s statement to Kim-Cheese that he was going to be ON HIS OWN if he initiated any action whatsoever versus China’s promise to assist IF the United States initiated any action? Yeah, NK coal exports to China WERE a major source of income for tubby ‘lil’ Kim-Cheese’s regime but that is now cut off!

  7. Commissar says:

    And this last week, his publicly shaming McConnell, the North Korea threats, and his spineless response to Charlotte is going to be the historical pin on the calendar of when President Trump lost the future of his presidency.

    He demonstrated that he can’t lead his party, can’t lead his nation internationally, and can’t lead his nation domestically all in the same week.

    He is done. Just a matter of political negotiation and coordination between moderate republicans and democrats now.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Let’s see, Lars, how many times does this make that you’ve said Trump is toast?

      For you and so many other libs, Trump is like one of those bottom-weighted inflatable dolls that you can knock down but it bounces right back into your face.

      That’s my image of you Lars…

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Would any of that, perhaps, be considered “contemptuous words”?

      • Fyrfighter says:

        11B, do you mean the kind of words that would get a military office in trouble with the UCMJ? I do believe you might be correct in that… maybe someone should forward those comments on the the appropriate command

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          I have known officers with very strong opinions, that bent over backwards to not cross that line. “Good of the Service”, “good of the Nation”, “maintain good order and discipline” etc.

          One should expect more self control from someone who supposedly is an officer and a gentleman, right?

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          Oh, but WE are all peasants, fyrfighter, and thus we are dirt under whatshisname’s feet.

    • The Dead Man says:

      Ferguson Riots, Baltimore Riots, Berkley Riots, Black Lives Matter hijacking LGBT parades, Black Lives Matter members torturing a literally mentally handicapped kid, literal hate crimes both instigated by members of BLM, inspired by BLM or directed by BLM, Benghazi, the lack of a response to chemical weapons used, kowtowing to the Iranians despite evidence pointing otherwise. Syrian involvement, Operation Fast and Furious, focusing on the Illegal Immigrants rather than on people who earned it like the terps in the ME. Stirring up the shit in the ME through shortsighted plans to appease morons.

      You’re so wrapped up in your perfect example of a Dunning-Kruger Effect belief that you’re the smartest guy in the room that you routinely get flat mocked by the liberals on this site, let alone the conservatives.

      Get out of your echo chamber you fuckwit.

      • The Dead Man says:

        And the typo in there is what I get for editing shit on the fly rather. We gave shit to the Iranians despite the evidence of their malfeasance in the ME, in regards to their treaty and the evidence that the money would go to funding more death and misery.

      • SFC D says:

        OK, I had to google “Dunning-Kruger Effect “. It fits Herr Commissar to a T.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        I think Shakespeare described it nicely: “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” (As You Like It)
        There are many, many overlaps of narcissistic personality disorder in Der Commissar, too, you know, including a desperate need to lump people who disagree with his notions into the ‘less that human beings’ group and his refusal to stop monopolizing the comments. He’s worse than a TV ‘send me yer cash’ preacher. Anyone besides me remember Little Jimmy Bakker and Tammy Fae?

    • OldManchu says:

      You sound like Rachel Maddow leading up to the election.

    • desert says:

      Hey Commie…WTF is wrong with you? You brainwashed pathetic excuse for an american..why don’t you get the hell out of America and go join the NWO or the illuminati, or the bilderbergers or the tri lateral….some shyt heap that has your same minimal i.q.?

  8. Redacted1775 says:

    Oblunder would have paid him off. Well done Mr. President.

    • Commissar says:

      Well done? North Korea backed off a threat that they made as a response to Trump’s threat?

      If Trump has never made the threat (that he was in no position to follow through on) then we would be in the same place we are today. Except the tensions on the peninsula would not be as ramped up and we would not have lost international credibility.

      • David says:

        you may have missed that they threatened us with nuclear attack to start off the whole thing. Try to keep up.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        HEY Babbles McButthead, let’s not forget that “Blowjob Willie” Clinton and HIS administration gave the Norkies a shit-ton of material and money saying they would NOT use it to make nuclear Weapons (REMEMBER he said they promised?. President Trump and his Administration stood their ground and DIDN’T give them a few boat loads of money like the previous administration did with Iran.

        • Fyrfighter says:

          API, just to be clear, are you suggesting that there is a pattern of democrats administrations aiding and abetting hostile regimes, while claiming that their appeasement will lead to “peace in our time”?
          As a side note, though not unrelated, I’m looking forward to the new series on AHC WWII confidential, the teaser that has Truman saying “I just don’t believe the Russians did this” is very interesting… I want to find out more, and see if that was willful collaboration, or just typical liberal naivete…

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            “API, just to be clear, are you suggesting that there is a pattern of democrats administrations aiding and abetting hostile regimes, while claiming that their appeasement will lead to “peace in our time”?”

            *UUUUHHHHMMM*, YEAH!!!

            • Fyrfighter says:

              Ahhh… Ok, thanks for the clarification!…I just wanted to be sure there was no confusion, for certain folks that visit here who have a very low level of reading comprehension..

      • Mark RM1 USN. ret. says:

        Lars, go fuck yourself cocksucker.

    • FatCircles0311 says:

      Killary would have already submitted unconditional surrender.

      Bless be Trump and Mattis!

  9. 11B-mailclerk says:

    Kim ran his mouth a bit too big, and lost a little face.

    He is now digesting that the line is a bit closer to his feet than ours, versus with previous administrations.

    • Commissar says:

      Nonsense.

      This is not the first time North Korea has backed off a threat.

      They do it all the time.

      It is literally their international diplomatic strategy with the US.

      Hell, North Korea has outright declared war and then backed off.

      • Fyrfighter says:

        Yeah, they backed off when a US president stood up to them, in contrast to your hero bending over for them, and sending them and Iran pallets of cash…odd that.. I know your hatred of all things Trump clouds your judgement, and I harbor no hope that you will ever admit to being wrong, but just knowing that you are warms the cockles of my heart!

        • Commissar says:

          My hate for Trump clouds my judgement?

          False.

          How are things better due to this recent exchange of threats?

          Trump made a threat that if North Korea made a verbal threat he would retaliate with fire and fury.

          North Korea responded with another verbal threat.

          The Trump administration backed off their threat to retaliate.

          North Korea backed off their threat to launch missiles into the waters near Guam.

          However, now we are much closer to hostilities before Trump made his threat.

          North Korea nuclear posture is in the exact same state, except they are even MORE unlikely than ever to stop pursuing nuclear weapons since having one capable of reaching the US is the ultimate deterrent.

          So what has Trump accomplished.

          Name one damn thing. Trying to claim North Korea backed off a threat that did not exist until Trump made his bombastic threat is not an accomplishment.

          And it is false to claim it is an accomplishment that North Korea backed off their threat because they backed off the overwhelming majority of threats they have ever made.

          All this whole exchange had done is undermined US credibility, destabilized markets, and further convinced North Korea that they need nuclear weapons.

          Trying to spin this as a win for Trump or the US is complete nonsense.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          They check to see where to find the line. It just moved closer, and it is definitely there.

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    It’s just another misdirection by ND:tBF to deflect our attention from what the Norks are really doing, which is prepping for an H-bomb test. They’re simply doing what used to be called “pull back, regroup, strike again”. A feint here, and tap there, and enough misdirection to make any pro magician grin, and before long, they won’t cry “Wolf” any more. They’ll throw the wolf while they think we aren’t looking.

    The Trident II’s M-76 warhead US UGM-133 weighs about 370 pounds. The MK80 warhead weighs about 290 pounds. That’s what the little basterd is working on now – that weight and size, plus the distance. (Misspelling is intentional.)

    All the bluster is a distraction, nothing else – lots of hot air and barking, kind of like some know-it-all who posts 10 to 15 pages of idiotic verbal diarrhea that could be compressed into a sentence.

    A shrink could have a field day with that quackery.

  11. timactual says:

    We should have called the Norks bluff years ago. As the commercial says, “Pay me now or pay me later”.

    Realpolitik vs. Wunschenpolitik.

  12. Bill M says:

    OK, who pressed the ‘Commissar Reset’ button? Just when he quiets down a little, somebody has to press that darn button and gets him started again. And how did he get hooked into Hillary’s ‘Reset’ button anyway?

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