NJ Fil-Ams accuse Trump of warmongering in North Korea

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News

 

It’s the movie in Kim Jong Un’s mind.

A mock up video showing missiles blowing up the US in flames — this musical marked the birthday of North Korea’s founding father Kim il Sung was aired on state TV on Tuesday.

US defense secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea’s failed missile launch last Saturday was also meant to “provoke something.”

 

“It failed on launch. And it shows why we are working so closely right now with the Chinese coming out of the Mar-a-lago meeting between the two nation’s leaders — ours and the Chinese — to try to get this under control, and aim for the denuclearized Korean peninsula,” Mattis said.

For these Americans in New Jersey, their biggest fear is that President Donald Trump is bringing the US to the brink of a thermo-nuclear war.

“Those possibilities are real. And I think the tensions are escalating,” said Matthew Smith from the Jersey City Philippine Solidarity Committee.

In an interview in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday, Trump was asked about how concerned and worried should Americans be about a thermonuclear war with North Korea.

“Look, you always have to be concerned. You don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with,” the president said. “Now I’m put in a position where he actually has nuclear, and we’re going to have to do something about it. Hopefully, he wants peace and we want peace. And that’s going to be the end determination, but we’re going to have to see what happens.”

With the Philippines’ strategic location in Asia, some Filipinos fear the country could be dragged into a war that is not theirs.

“I think it’s gonna be a continuation, escalation of the Philippines being used as a military launching pad for the US, and that has been historically the role of Philippines… because of its strategic geo-political location,” said Nina Macapinlac from Bayan USA.

“We enjoin the Filipino people to not support these war mongering efforts of of the Trump administration, and we would be quick to condemn the Duterte adminstration’s possible support for this war mongering against north korea,” said Cristina Palabay of Karapatan.

 

The president also said he would never telegraph his military moves.

“We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier,” he said in a Fox interview.

The White House is now struggling to explain the controversy over the location of the Navy strike group that Trump supposedly sent as a warning to North Korea’s aggressive rhetoric last week.

Contrary to the president’s statement at the time, the USS Carl Vinson strike group was actually nowhere near North Korea — but rather, on its way to Australia.

Mattis says the trip to Australia has since been cancelled since, and the US strike group is now expected to be in North Korea peninsula by April 25.

The question among these New Jersey residents now is: will these presidential mix-ups impact the Trump administration’s credibility, especially during these critical times?

 

 

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