World War 3: Tillerson Ups the Ante
Secretary of State Tillerson added direct pressure to North Korea on Friday, he has upped the ante in a high stakes game of political rhetoric that could result in World War 3. Tillerson has said that for years North Korea has dictated the terms of its “dangerous course of action and it’s time for us to retake control of the situation.”
“Business as usual is not an option. All options for responding to future provocation must remain on the table,” said Tillerson, “and military action if necessary.”
“We must prefer a negotiated solution,” the US official added.
Trump warned, “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea, absolutely.”
Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview that “we’d love to solve things diplomatically, but it’s very difficult.”
Tillerson chastised the international community for being reactive and ineffective and that now under the Trump administration the “policy of strategic patience is over, additional patience will only lead to a nuclear North Korea.”
Tillerson pointed the finger at the USA for being complicit in the problem of North Korea pointing out the fact that since 1995 the US has provided $1.3 billion in aid to North Korea. He did offer North Korea some hope when he said the US looks forward to renewing its contributions, but that Pyongyang must dismantle its nuclear weapons program if it wants to achieve international respect.
Tillerson said North Korea must take “concrete steps” towards dismantling nuclear weapons “before we can being talks.”
The secretary of state said North Korea has spent billions on nuclear weapons “while its people starved.”
Tillerson, speaking before the UN Security, has threatened to suspend diplomatic relations and impose additional sanctions affecting third parties with North Korea unless Pyongyang abandons its nuclear weapons program.
Tillerson surprisingly told NPR the US would be willing to negotiate with Pyongyang. It’s a step other administrations have failed to do, seeing it as a reward for the regime’s aggressive and belligerent behavior.
Meanwhile the Marines are Getting Serious
Around 50 advanced weapons are being tested by the US Marine Corps, from a speedboat-submarine to smart robots able to carry 600lbs. The new technology could revolutionize amphibious armed conflict.
Testing has been ongoing for the past two weeks at Camp Pendleton in California, as part of the Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2017, Fox News reported Thursday.
From quadcopter drones to surf and sand-ready weaponized autonomous vehicles, the US Navy and Marines are seeking to avoid detection, conduct surveillance, free up manpower and ultimately lessen the risks that come with storming beaches. They are expected to narrow down what’s needed most from roughly 50 machines being tried out.