January 17, 2018
Secretary Tillerson begins mirroring General Mattis’ diplomacy as war with North Korea is presented as almost certain; President Xi mobilizes the multi-million man PLA in preparation for ensuing chaos on their border. On today’s J Factor a successful businessman shares why his trust is only in Jesus.
World war drums are beating louder, but few people hear the warnings. Even fewer people are taking actions to prepare for world war. The normalcy bias has immobilized them from getting ready. They don’t believe it can happen to them.
Twenty nations that supported America in the 1952 Korean War convened in Vancouver Canada on Monday and Tuesday. In addition to the USA, Canada, and Great Britain, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Sweden and Australia also participated.
The diplomats issued an uncompromising hardline message to Pyongyang: The coalition of nations will step up maximum pressure against North Korea. The new level of pressure will include stopping and boarding ships suspected of trading with Pyongyang.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sounded more like Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Secretary Tillerson said, “We must increase the costs of the regime’s behavior to the point that North Korea must come to the table for credible negotiations.”
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono accused North Korea of buying time to continue building nuclear warheads and long-range missiles.
Likewise, Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson also accused North Korea of pursuing the acquisition of nuclear-armed ICBMs that could have incalculable geostrategic consequences.
Russia and China were not invited to the meeting in Vancouver. Moscow lashed out on Wednesday saying the Vancouver meeting was making the situation worse. Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavov denounced the allied meeting as destructive.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said banning China and Russia from the meeting will not help solve the crisis. He called the meeting the product of cold war thinking and a sign that the USA is planning a military attack on North Korea.
As the talks wrapped up, Secretary of State Tillerson said the threat posed by North Korea was growing. Mr. Tillerson implied that diplomacy is finished and war is coming.
He said: “We all need to be very sober and clear-eyed about the current situation … We have to recognize that the threat is growing and if North Korea does not choose the pathway of engagement, discussion, negotiation, then they themselves will trigger an option.”