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sfc_darrel 04-14-2013 01:20 PM

Obama to Sacrifice Asian Missile Defense Systems in Exchange for Promises From North
Obama to Sacrifice Asian Missile Defense Systems in Exchange for Promises From North Korea

Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, April 14, 2013, 10:03 AM

Obama to offer up Asian defense systems in exchange for North Korean promises–
(Defense PK)

Secretary of State John Kerry offered concessions on Asian missile defense systems in exchange for China’s help with North Korea.

The Boston Globe reported:

Secretary of State John Kerry flew to China on Saturday and offered a concession on missile defense meant to elicit China’s help in dealing with an increasingly recalcitrant and nuclear armed North Korea.

In a news conference after meetings with China’s top leaders, Kerry said the United States would reduce its missile defenses in Asia if North Korea abandoned its nuclear weapons program.

Kerry’s overture appeared aimed at addressing Chinese concerns that North Korea’s provocative actions were leading the United States to build up military strength in the region as China is boosting its own influence there.

‘On missile defense, we discussed absolutely why we have taken the steps that we have taken,’’ Kerry said, referring to efforts the United States is taking to defend Guam, Hawaii, and the United States’ allies in Asia against a potential North Korean missile attack. The United States has dispatched two ships capable of missile defense and said it would speed up land-based missile defenses for Guam.

‘Now obviously if the threat disappears — i.e. North Korea denuclearizes — the same imperative does not exist at that point of time for us to have that kind of robust forward leaning posture of defense,’’ he added. ‘‘It would be our hope in the long run, or better yet in short run, that we can address that.’’

Kerry’s offer to cut back on the newly fortified missile defense appeared to be part of a diplomatic strategy to get China, the North’s only true ally, to do what it has long resisted — to crack down hard enough on Pyongyang that its leaders will give up an increasingly sophisticated nuclear program.
Kerry then went to Japan to assure them of the administration’s commitment to their security… without missile defense systems.

reconeil 04-15-2013 02:01 PM

Regarding which leader promises can be trusted or believed (or not), it really matters not.

Neither America's, China's or North Koreas top leader can actually be fully trusted or believed.
Most people realize that.

Unfortunately here, many Americans still naively trust and believe imperial: "His Barackness".

Inspite of now being lordly Chicago style ruled, one sure hopes America remains lucky?

After all, what other than luck can We Americans now count on?


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