Fireball Saying of the Day
Today I was a hero. I rescued some beer that was trapped in a bottle.
Fireball on China and North Korea
I’ve mentioned several times here in FOD that I believe one of the worst things that could happen to China, from their prospective, would be a fall of the North Korean family business/government of Kim Jung Un. A reunification of North and South Korea would result in US and/or western aligned troops on the border with China, a prospect much feared by China. Additionally a North Korea experimenting or threatening with nuclear weapons is one thing, but a North Korea with a real nuclear delivery capability is likely to foster the development of western supported nuclear capabilities in South Korea and eventually Japan. And dare we mention Taiwan in that nuclear soup? Such developments would realign the balance of power in Asia to China’s great disadvantage. Remember just a few months ago Kim Jung Un made that mysterious train trip to China? Since that time we have seen a distinct change in North Korea’s behavior. No further missile testing, no boasting of eventual war with the US and/or other nations in the region. And now President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un on June 12 in Singapore, the US president announced Thursday. I think it possible Kim Jung Un was called upon Xi Jinping’s proverbial red Chinese carpet during that train trip. Xi says, “OK Kim dude, it’s perfectly fine for you to play with your nuclear toys, but threatening the US and other countries in the region upsets my plan for dominance in Asia long term. So here are your choices: make a deal with the US and soon before they export nuclear weapons to both South Korea and Japan and before they develop additional missile systems capable of shooting down your weapons and by extension my ICBMs in my backyard; OR, I will find a new family to operate North Korea. Now go back home and execute my command. We saw where North Korea has promised to allow the world to watch it blow up some of their nuclear test facilities. Likely that already happened. Back on 3 September when North Korea conducted its latest nuclear test on Punggye-ri registering 6.3 magnitude on earthquake sensors. Several minutes later however, geologists detected a smaller 4.1 magnitude rumbling. That got scientists speculating as to whether the nuclear test site, hidden inside a mountain, actually collapsed. A massive collapse could render the test site useless for future nuclear tests and may even increase the risk of radioactive gases escaping from the rock and into the air, scientists said. The case for this so-called “tired mountain syndrome” was bolstered three weeks ago, when North Korea announced that it planned to shut the main testing facility at Mount Mantap where five of the six tests, including the last explosion, took place. A few weeks ago, a group of Chinese geologists claimed in a study published in Geophysical Research Letters that the mountain had collapsed following the latest nuclear test. Of course the Chinese might be lying. That wouldn’t surprise me either. Now we see Kim Jung Un has cancelled recently scheduled talks with South Korea after the failure of the South and the US to cancel scheduled military exercises. Then again he has always been unpredictable. We can expect the unexpected.