White House pushes back against criticism of Trump’s Charlottesville response

After coming under fire from all sides of the political spectrum for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., the White House said on Sunday that President Trump “condemns all forms of violence” — including hate groups.

“The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred,” read the statement issued by an unnamed White House spokesperson. “Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”

Violence erupted during a rally protesting the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville on Saturday. A 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 other people were injured when a car rammed into a group of counterprotesters. Two Virginia state troopers were also killed when their police helicopter crashed nearby.

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A vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)A vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

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Trump responded to the incidents during a previously-scheduled press event at his golf club in New Jersey Saturday afternoon, saying “many sides” were to blame. The president later tweetedcondolences” to the families of the victims. But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle blasted Trump for not explicitly condemning the white supremacists involved.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides,” the president said on Saturday. “On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”

Related: Charlottesville mayor blames Trump for white supremacist violence

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, said Trump’s denunciation of hate groups went without saying.

“When he condemned bigotry and hatred on all sides, that includes white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and I think it’s clear,” McMaster said. “I know it’s clear in his mind.”

Earlier Sunday, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House adviser, issued a two-part statement on Twitter calling out the hate groups by name.

“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,” Ivanka Trump tweeted. We must all come together as Americans — and be one country UNITED.”

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert bristled at criticism of Trump and dismissed the idea that the president’s reaction to the violence was too vague.

“Are you willing to at least concede that President Trump was not clear enough in specifically condemning white supremacy?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked.

“No,” Bossert replied. “What I would say is that the president not only condemned the violence and stood up at a time and a moment when calm was necessary, and didn’t dignify the names of these groups of people, but rather addressed the fundamental issue.”

Bossert himself refused to call out white supremacists by name until he was pressed by Tapper to do so.

“You, on this show today, have said that you condemn groups and condemn actions and condemn bigotry,” Tapper told Bossert. “But I haven’t heard you say, ‘I condemn white supremacists. I condemn neo-Nazis. I condemn the alt-right.’ I haven’t heard that. And I think a lot of people were upset, a lot of Republican officials, that they didn’t hear it from President Trump. But I don’t want to belabor this point.”

“I think you have belabored it,” Bossert replied. “So, let me say, I condemn white supremacists and racists and white Nazi groups and all the other groups that espouse this kind of hatred and exclusion. I can’t be clearer.”

After Trump’s initial statement on Saturday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle blasted the president for not explicitly condemning the white supremacists involved.

“It’s very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted.

“We reject the racism and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a statement. “Everyone in leadership must speak out.”

“Mr. President, we must call evil by its name,” Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., added. “These were white supremacists, and this was domestic terrorism.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden put it bluntly.

“There is only one side,” Biden tweeted.

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Heading for US Military Action Against Venezuela?

Heading for US Military Action Against Venezuela?



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Washington already is waging political and economic war on the country, along with months of CIA-orchestrated street violence, responsible for scores of deaths, hundreds of injuries and numerous arrests made in an attempt to restore order.



Will Trump terror-bomb or invade the country next? Is sending in the marines or other combat troops planned?



What’s going on? Venezuela never attacked its neighbors. It threatens none now, nor America.



Washington opposes its sovereign independence, its Bolivarian social democracy, the world’s best electoral system, the notion of sharing the nation’s wealth with its people, its refusal to be subservient to US interests. And it has the world’s largest proved oil reserves.



That’s what (US-orchestrated) internal turmoil is all about, falsely blamed on government efforts to restore order, Western media disinformation, Big Lies and fake news part of the problem.



When asked about his intentions for Venezuela, Trump said “(w)e have many options…The people are suffering and they’re dying. We have many options…including a possible military option if necessary.”



Trump refused a request by President Nicolas Maduro to speak by phone or meet next month in New York during the UN General Assembly’s 72nd session, press secretary Sarah Sanders saying:



“Since the start of this administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, cease all human rights violations, and stop oppressing Venezuela’s great people.”



Maduro “refused to heed this call…Instead (he) has chosen the path of dictatorship…President Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as democracy is restored in that country.”



Fact check:



Maduro scrupulously observes the letter and spirit of Venezuelan constitutional law.



The nation’s democratic elections are the world’s best, shaming America’s money-controlled sham process, one-party rule with two right wings, independents shut out.



People are imprisoned in Venezuela for criminality, not political reasons – unlike America’s system, thousands languishing in its global gulag despite innocence of wrongdoing.



Venezuela respects human rights for all its people. America is the world’s leading human rights abuser.



Venezuelans aren’t oppressed – unlike millions at home and abroad grievously harmed by US  contempt for democratic values and rule of law principles.



Venezuela is governed democratically – unlike police state rule in America, serving its privileged class exclusively, abusing and exploiting its most vulnerable, waging war on humanity for unchallenged global dominance, raping and destroying one country after another to achieve it, threatening war and regime change on any nation it doesn’t control.



In response to Trump’s threat, Constituent Assembly president Delcy Rodriguez tweeted:



“We reject the cowardly, insolent and infamous threats of the United States PDT @realDonaldTrump against the sacred sovereignty of Venezuela.”



Defense Minister Padrino Lopez blasted Trump’s “madness (and) supreme extremism,” adding “an extremist elite…rules the United States.”



Communication and Information Minister Ernesto Villegas tweeted: “Trump is the most…insolent threat ever made against the Bolivar homeland…”



Chile, a US ally, rejected military action, its Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz tweeting: “Reiterating all the terms of the Lima Declaration on Venezuela, Chile rejects the threat of military intervention in Venezuela.”



Former Mexican President Vincente Fox tweeted only an “imbecile would wage war” in the hemisphere.



US presidents learned long ago that tough talk against a vilified nation is a good way to boost public support.        



How Americans would react to one or more additional wars could be something else entirely – already sick and tired about ongoing endless ones, along with disapproving of Trump by a two-to-one margin in recent polls.



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My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”



http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html



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Lavrov Warns US Against Interfering in Russian Regional Elections

Lavrov Warns US Against Interfering in Russian Regional Elections



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Unlike Russia’s noninterference in the elections of any country, America does it all the time, wanting pro-Western officials elected, not independent ones it doesn’t control.



William Blum’s research revealed Washington’s deplorable history, horrendous enough to make garden variety despots blush. Since WW II ended, its rap sheet:



“Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected.”



Terror-bombed “more than 30 countries.”



“Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.”



“Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.”



“Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.”



Uses “torture (more) than any other country in the world…for over a century…not just performing the actual torture, but teaching it, providing the manuals, and furnishing the equipment.”



“It’s not a pretty picture,” said Blum. “It is enough to give imperialism a bad name.”



America is the unchallenged world champion rogue state, super-bully, intimidator and serial aggressor, raping and destroying countries to feed its military/industrial complex, enriching it at the expense of millions of lives lost and vast destruction – more coming for sure, an endless cycle of inflicting misery on people worldwide.



Washington spurns rule of law principles, mocks democratic values, wanting the world run according to its rules, no matter the human cost – governments maintaining their sovereign independence targeted for regime change.



On September 10, regional parliamentary and gubernatorial elections will be held in six of the Russian Federation’s 85 federal subjects.



Sergey Lavrov warned Washington (through its Moscow embassy) against interfering in them, saying:



“I do not know what plans the US embassy has, ??but there were many episodes when American diplomats were seen in illegal activities. The relevant services should take appropriate measures.”



According to the Vienna Convention, personnel in foreign embassies are forbidden from politicking abroad.



It’s common US practice for its “embassy staff to travel to different regions on the spot, conduct public inquiries: how they relate to the governor, in general to the federal center,” Lavrov explained. 



“In such situations, we politely (tell Washington) to terminate these people’s contracts…”(I)t’s (an) American tradition” to interfere in the affairs of other countries.



The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations “prescribes very specifically what diplomats can” and cannot do. “We will follow it and our laws.”



America operates by its own rules, systematically violating international law.



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Yemeni politician: ‘War against us was started by the permission of the US’

    

The former head of the political branch of the Yemeni Hizb al-Haqq (Party of Truth), Ahmed Ali al-Bahri, told Sputnik in an interview that since the outbreak of war in Yemen, the United States has supported the coalition led by Saudi Arabia with military supplies and intelligence.

Al-Bahri condemned the words of the US ambassador in Yemen, who recently said that Washington has no solution for the Yemeni crisis.

Earlier Matthew Tueller, the US ambassador to Yemen, said that the US is not in a position to enforce a cease-fire.

“We simply don’t have leverage over the groups that are actually fighting on the ground,” he said.

However, many don’t agree that the US is without leverage in the Yemeni crisis and suggest that the diplomatic effort is incomplete.

It can be recalled that the US embassy is not located in Sanaa, Yemen, at present, but is actually situated 500 miles away in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from where Tueller works to mitigate the conflict.

However, according to al-Bahri, “Saudi Arabia started the war in Yemen on the orders of the US because the kingdom does not take any action without a preliminary agreement with the US leadership.”

“If Washington wanted to end this crisis, it would exert the necessary pressure on all parties of the conflict. The statements of the US ambassador were made after the refusal of the Yemeni people to accept the initiative by Ould Cheikh Ahmed [UN special envoy to Yemen] because Yemenis felt that this initiative offends their self-esteem and may pose a threat to the stability of their country,” al-Bahri said.

The Yemenis also saw the initiative as implying justification to the actions of Saudi Arabia in Yemen and that completely distorts the true state of affairs, the politician noted.

In turn, Yemeni political analyst Mahmud al Tahir said that all the promises made by the UN regarding the settlement of the Yemeni crisis have not been realized.

“The statements of European politicians on the inadmissibility of a military solution to the conflict were aimed at a political game with Saudi Arabia, rather than resolving the crisis,” al-Tahir said.

According to the analyst, the recent statements by the US ambassador seem to signal that the situation in Yemen is now transferred completely into the hands of Saudi Arabia, which can now act as they want to.

“Saudi Arabia should understand that it is unprofitable for everyone to continue the war. Riyadh should seek to find ways of reconciliation, otherwise the Yemeni war will cause a real crisis in the region,” al Tahir concluded.

Yemen has been in the grip of a civil war since 2014, which has affected the country’s infrastructure, economic and social systems, as well as national health care.

The war is waged between the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries launched airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi’s request.

A new report from the Norwegian Refugee Council has estimated that 10,000 residents of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a have died from preventable illnesses as a result of a Saudi Arabian blockade depriving the citizens of medical care.

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Yummy! Weekly Chocolate Snack Protects Against Atrial Fibrillation

If your significant other hands you a box of chocolates, your heart might skip a beat; but that’s pretty much the only time you want to feel your heart flutter. Even sweeter, eating what’s in that box may protect you from a dangerous form of heart palpitations called atrial fibrillation, a study shows.

Published in May of 2017 in the journal Heartthe study found that adults who ate chocolate 1-3 times per month were 10-20% less likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation, or AFib, than those who snacked on chocolate once a month or less. [1]

Discovering the Heart-Healthy Properties of Chocolate

Researchers looked at long-term data regarding the diets of more than 55,500 men and women aged 50-64 years old in Denmark. The participants submitted information relating to their eating habits upon entering the study, between 1993 and 1997.

The researchers then used data from Denmark’s national health registry to determine which participants had been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation since the start of the study. The data revealed that 3,350 people had been diagnosed with AFib over an average of 13.5 years.

They found that:

  • People who ate approximately 1 oz. of chocolate per week had a 17% lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation by the end of the study compared to those who ate less than an ounce of chocolate a month.
  • Participants who consumed 2-6 oz. of chocolate a week were 20% less likely to develop AFib by the end of the study.
  • Women who ate just one serving of chocolate a week were found to be the least likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. The biggest risk reduction for men was associated with eating 2-6 servings of chocolate per week. [1]

Many of the health benefits associated with chocolate are found in dark chocolate, but most people in Denmark consume milk chocolate. The researchers said they weren’t sure they’d find such a large reduction in AFib risk among the population. [2]

Elizabeth Mostofsky, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and one of the leaders of the study, said:

“We were pleasantly surprised that — despite the fact that most of the chocolate may have [had] relatively low cocoa concentrations — we were still able to see robust findings.” [2]

However, the amount of cocoa in chocolate varies significantly between the U.S. and Denmark. In the United States, milk chocolate must contain 10% cocoa solids – the suspected beneficial ingredient, compared to Denmark, where the sweet treat is required to contain 30%. [3]

The study’s authors note in an editorial published alongside the research that chocolate lovers had fewer cases of hypertension and diabetes, and had overall lower blood pressure – all factors that could help explain why those same individuals were less likely to develop atrial fibrillation. [2]

Read: 10+ Healthful Reasons to Consume Chocolate

Atrial fibrillation is believed to be caused by the release of certain molecules that damage heart tissue. Chocolate contains flavanols that can ward off the type of inflammation that can lead to tissue damage. Furthermore, flavanols may counteract the clots that could form when an irregular heartbeat allows blood to pool in the heart. [3]

Past studies have shown that eating chocolate can reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack, as well as lower blood pressure and even prevent obesity.

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat, according to the American Heart Association. The condition can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications.

Read: Know the Causes and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

A healthy heart normally contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. However, in people with AFib, the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat irregularly (quiver) instead of maintaining a regular beat to effectively move blood into the ventricles. [4]

Many people with atrial fibrillation are unaware that they have it; yet it affects more than 33 million people worldwide, and an estimated 25% of adults will develop the heart condition sometime in their lifetime, the accompanying editorial states.

Sources:

[1] Newsweek

[2] NPR

[3] Los Angeles Times

[4] American Heart Association


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Indonesia Deploys Soldiers To Protect Against Terrorizing Monkeys

“Slingshots, paintball, or firecrackers can scare them,” Huda said. “But monkeys are intelligent, if the people have used a slingshot, tomorrow they have to use something else. Monkeys can read these tactics.”

Source:

huffingtonpost.com

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Israel’s Next War with Hezbollah will be Against a Whole Axis

image-Israeli Next War with Hezbollah will be Against a Whole Axis
Israeli Next War with Hezbollah will be Against a Whole Axis

Israelis trying to find a way to get out of the mess they found themselves in after their agents in ISIS and al-Qaeda operating under the FSA banner against the Syrian state not only failed in their mission but brought Iranian and Hezbollah fighters to their southern borders of Syria.

The strength of Hezbollah & Iran’s growing power in Syria will force Tel Aviv to deal with Lebanon and Syria as one front in any future confrontation. That’s what an Israeli strategic study briefed the scene of a comprehensive or qualitative war against Hezbollah.

The reality on the ground speaks of a war against a whole axis, and here comes the concern of Iranian administration of the firing bases and Tehran’s deployment of anti-aircraft and sophisticated advanced weapons in different locations.

Here the study emphasizes a question that may shorten the Syrian scene, the researcher asks: Is it enough for Israel to face the rise of an Iranian force in Syria through secret cells and agents? Or is it necessary to intervene directly on the front line to curb the Iranian power?

Here the researcher goes on to assert that the continuation of the current reality will force Israel in the future to deal with the reality of assuming an advanced weapon in the hands of Hezbollah and Iranian support of a qualitative weapon to Hezb in any possible confrontation, which will change the bases and plans of engagement and confrontation.

Russian (military) bases and Kremlin’s distinctive relations with the Syrian state all open the door to Russian-drawn borders for any broad Israeli move. Moscow will prevent sabotaging its efforts to settle the Syrian crisis, and will not allow the Syrian state’s allies to be deterred by a qualitative Israeli strike against Iranian forces there.

On the other side, the researcher asserts that any confrontation with Hezbollah in Lebanon will slip into Syria due to the presence of the Hezbollah fighters and Iranian forces in the Syrian south.

Naturally, the response to Israel will be from the borders of the Golan and Lebanon, and here lies the danger of allowing Iran and Hezbollah to settle on the border with the Syrian occupied Golan.

To limit this presence, the researcher suggests that the Israeli government resort to coordination with Moscow through Washington, allowing it to launch a short and limited strike that will prevent the intensification of Iranian power in Syria. – end of report.

Israel has tried to directly interfere against Syria before and all attempts failed, Syria was not dragged to a new confrontation against Israel and the whole of NATO behind it when ISIS and clan were on the increase until reaching 350,000 anti-Islamic Wahhabi Sex Jihadists, but now in much better position to deter and engage in any further fighting against the pariah group of countries and semi-states. Israel attacked targets in Damascus several times to support al-Qaeda and its minions in coordinated effort to take the Syrian capital by surprise, and in retaliation to SAA’s eliminating of Israeli top targets or clients inside Syria.

When the general impression is that Hezbollah is dependant on Iran completely, Hezbollah top officials confirmed it’s the Syrian Arab Army and its commanders that supervise, support and even participate directly and indirectly in its fights against Israel, especially in the 1980s and recently in 2006. Hezbollah top officials personally thank and commend on the SAA’s heroism and bravery on each chance and thank Syria’s support.

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China will prevent US first strike against North Korean regime – govt daily

The warning, delivered through an editorial in the Chinese state-run newspaper on Thursday, comes as both the US and North Korea continue to exchange incendiary remarks, raising the risk of overreaction or miscalculation amid the crisis.

Beijing should make it clear that “if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral,” the Global Times wrote.

But if the US and its ally South Korea take on Pyongyang and try to “overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” the paper stressed. 

The widely-quoted newspaper, published by the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, also noted that the latest developments are seen in Beijing with growing frustration and deep concern.

“If war really breaks out, the US can hardly reap any strategic harvest and North Korea will face unprecedented risks,” the paper cautioned. “North Korea aims to propel the US to negotiate with it, while the US wants to put North Korea in check.”

Beijing was unable “to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time,” the Global Times said, adding it primarily pursues peace and stability in the region. All sides involved in the crisis should understand that “when their actions jeopardize China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand,” the government paper explained.

China – North Korea’s long-standing economic partner and ideological ally – reiterated on Friday that all sides involved in the crisis must “speak and act with caution” as well as build up trust rather than “taking turns in shows of strength,” according to a Foreign Ministry statement quoted by Reuters.

Earlier in the week, US President Donald Trump added more fuel to the North Korean crisis, saying that his previous threat to unleash “fire and fury which the world has never seen” was perhaps not “tough enough.”

Speaking on Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said the North Koreans “better get their act together or they’re going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world.” The open threat from Washington came after Pyongyang ridiculed Trump’s “fire and fury” remark as a “load of nonsense.”

Pyongyang also announced that a detailed plan to launch missiles against the US Pacific airbase on Guam will be completed soon. In response, the US military signaled it could dispatch strategic B-1 bombers to target North Korea’s missile launch sites, underground facilities and other installations.

Such a “reckless game” may result in dire consequences, the Global Times said. “Neither Washington nor Pyongyang really wants war, but a war could break out anyway as they do not have the experience of putting such an extreme game under control.”

The stakes are extremely high as both sides seem ready for worst-case scenarios, according to respected Russian observers. Pavel Zolotarev, a retired Russian major general, told RT that decision-making in Washington goes “beyond rational logic, and … we can have consequences that are hard to foresee.”

“Every country’s military has to elaborate deployment strategies for any eventuality. It is politicians – not the military – who decide on whether or not to use such plans… So, if the North Korean military talks of such plans, it means it actually has them,” he said, commenting on Pyongyang’s threat to target Guam.

“The North Korean military may inflict significant damage to US forces during a conventional conflict. Though their equipment is far behind the American assets, their combat readiness and military morale are much higher,” the retired general said.

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China will prevent US first strike against North Korea: Will remain neutral if Pyongyang strikes first

    

China will prevent the US and South Korea from carrying out strikes on North Korea and trying to overthrow the leadership there, but will remain neutral if Pyongyang launches missiles at American targets first, the state-run Global Times said. The warning, delivered through an editorial in the Chinese state-run newspaper on Thursday, comes as both the US and North Korea continue to exchange incendiary remarks, raising the risk of overreaction or miscalculation amid the crisis.

Beijing should make it clear that “if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral,” the Global Times wrote. But if the US and its ally South Korea take on Pyongyang and try to “overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so,” the paper stressed.

The widely-quoted newspaper, published by the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, also noted that the latest developments are seen in Beijing with growing frustration and deep concern. “If war really breaks out, the US can hardly reap any strategic harvest and North Korea will face unprecedented risks,” the paper cautioned. “North Korea aims to propel the US to negotiate with it, while the US wants to put North Korea in check.”

Beijing was unable “to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time,” the Global Times said, adding it primarily pursues peace and stability in the region. All sides involved in the crisis should understand that “when their actions jeopardize China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand,” the government paper explained. China – North Korea’s long-standing economic partner and ideological ally – reiterated on Friday that all sides involved in the crisis must “speak and act with caution” as well as build up trust rather than “taking turns in shows of strength,” according to a Foreign Ministry statement quoted by Reuters.

Earlier in the week, US President Donald Trump added more fuel to the North Korean crisis, saying that his previous threat to unleash “fire and fury which the world has never seen” was perhaps not “tough enough.” Speaking on Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said the North Koreans “better get their act together or they’re going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world.” The open threat from Washington came after Pyongyang ridiculed Trump’s “fire and fury” remark as a “load of nonsense.”

Pyongyang also announced that a detailed plan to launch missiles against the US Pacific airbase on Guam will be completed soon. In response, the US military signaled it could dispatch strategic B-1 bombers to target North Korea’s missile launch sites, underground facilities and other installations. Such a “reckless game” may result in dire consequences, the Global Times said. “Neither Washington nor Pyongyang really wants war, but a war could break out anyway as they do not have the experience of putting such an extreme game under control.”

The stakes are extremely high as both sides seem ready for worst-case scenarios, according to respected Russian observers. Pavel Zolotarev, a retired Russian major general, told RT that decision-making in Washington goes “beyond rational logic, and … we can have consequences that are hard to foresee.” “Every country’s military has to elaborate deployment strategies for any eventuality. It is politicians – not the military – who decide on whether or not to use such plans… So, if the North Korean military talks of such plans, it means it actually has them,” he said, commenting on Pyongyang’s threat to target Guam.

“The North Korean military may inflict significant damage to US forces during a conventional conflict. Though their equipment is far behind the American assets, their combat readiness and military morale are much higher,” the retired general said.

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