[Intel Report] The United States and South Korea now openly disagree on North Korea


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Washington Post: The United States and South Korea now openly disagree on North Korea

What Pence and Abe may fail to realize is that Moon’s twin desires to have a successful Olympics and explore an opening with the Kim regime may trump his commitment to reaffirm the strength and unity of the alliance. Pence may also underestimate the damage that Trump’s treatment of South Korea since the campaign has done to Moon’s willingness to follow Washington’s lead. CONTINUE READING

The Nation: Pentagon Readies the ‘Father of All Bombs’ for Use Against North Korea

Last April, the US military detonated the “mother of all bombs”—a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), with 18,000 pounds of explosives—over an ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan. In many of the media commentaries, the GBU-43/B was described as the largest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal. It turns out, however, that the GBU-43/B is eclipsed by an even larger non-nuclear weapon, the 30,000-pound GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), dubbed by some the “father of all bombs” to distinguish it from the MOAB. Originally designed to destroy underground nuclear facilities in Iran, the GBU-57 is now being readied for use against North Korea. CONTINUE READING

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