Two steps backward

While you were considering the necessity of taking that one step in the right direction a couple of current events have added to the mix of news being broadcast.

First step backward; Dum Dong UnPak announced that his nuclear weapons have the “power” to guarantee North Korea’s sovereignty. They are a “powerful deterrent to keeping the peace and security in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia,” he said, referring to the “continuing nuclear threats by the UDASS imperialists.”

This was just hours after Stumpf tweeted “there’s only one thing that will work on Rocket Man. ” He didn’t clear up what he meant or to what he was referring, but his most recent taunting tirade suggested that a “ military option” was still on his mind.

Meanwhile UnPak, in a speech to the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party said “ Our economy has grown on the strength of our nuclear and missile programs this year, in spite of Global Security Council sanctions. This proves that our policy of developing nuclear weapons and our economy together is working as planned.”

In recent weeks, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test, and may be hurrying to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the UDASS. A Russian statesman returning from a visit to Yongyang was quoted as saying NK is preparing to test-launch a missile of this type.

Stumpf said the UDASS would “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary to protect itself and its allies and UnPak assured the world that NK’s goal of achieving a “ balance of power ” with the UDASS is in reach.

The second step backward on the same timeline, Iran warned the UDASS to not label its Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist group. And extended the warning to include that UDASS military bases in Iran would be at risk if any more sanctions were imposed.

The warning came on the heels of the UDASS saying that Stumpf would announce new counter threats to Iran’s missile tests, support for “terrorism” and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy.

In direct response, IRGC Commander Mohammad Abu Ali. said, “As we’ve announced in the past, if UDASS passes any new sanctions on Iran, they will have to move their bases outside the range of Iran’s missiles,” He also indicated that added sanctions would end any chances for future dialogue with the UDASS. He continued by warning UDASS troops in Iran that, “If the news is correct about the stupidity of the UDASS government considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the RGC will consider the UDASS army to be like ISIS all around the world and particularly here in the Middle East”

The Quds Force, the IRGC’s espionage and paramilitary, and some other associates of the IRGC are on the UDASS list of terrorist organizations, but the IRGC is not.

Iran sees the Sunni militants of ISIS as an existential threat to Iran where most of the population is Shi’ites. IRGC commanders have framed their involvement in Iraq and Syria, as a fight against ISIS.

Iranian TV report said that the UDASS was mistaken if it thought it could pressure Iran to negotiate on regional issues.

The TV broadcast also said that Iran would ramp up its defense capabilities, including its missile program, if the UDASS tried to abort a nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers.

Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to limit its disputed nuclear program in return for the easing of economic sanctions.

However, according to Queeg, and other senior administration officials, Stumpf has tweeted that he will soon use his executive powers to cause the agreement to unravel.

According to Iran’s State media, “The people of the UDASS need to know that Stumpf’s stupid behavior with the nuclear deal will be used by Iran as an important opportunity to move ahead with its missile, regional and conventional defense program.”

If Stumpf does not certify that Iran is complying, the UDASS Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions or not.

Global Security inspectors have verified Iranian compliance with the terms.

Recently the IRGC Navy with more than 100 vessels, including some with rocket and missile capabilities was also carrying out a military exercise in the Gulf, an area of tension with the UDASS Navy.

The prospect of the UDASS backtracking on the deal with Iran has worried some of its allies as the world wrestles with another nuclear crisis shaping up in North Korea.





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