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Thursday, November 7, 2013

US uses North Korea missile threat to encircle China

Iran's Press TV, 11/6/13:





Press-TV


The United States is using the perceived threat of North Korea’s ballistic missile to encircle China with missiles and military bases, a political analyst says.



“This threat is not real. The United States is using the North Korean bogeyman to stay militarily relevant in the region,” Vietnamese-American author Linh Dinh said in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

“Its primary aim is to contain China, to encircle China with its missiles based in allied countries. Further, any military tension helps to sell American weapons, since the US is by far the world’s biggest arms dealer,” he added.

He made the remarks after the commander of the US Pacific Command, Adm. Samuel Locklear, said on Tuesday the United States is prepared to counter North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile threat.

Dinh said that North Korea has no incentive to send an intercontinental ballistic missile to the United States as it would mean a “national suicide” for Pyongyang.

“The idea that North Korea would suddenly send a missile to Los Angeles or Seattle, for example, is ridiculous, for it has no incentive to do that,” he said.

“As soon as it does that, it would be committing national suicide and be completely destroyed in retaliation,” the analyst said. “Further, a North Korean missile would be blown up en route anyway.”

He also noted that the US is using North Korea for “propaganda purposes.”

“The United States is in such bad shape economically, however, that many Americans are already tired of hearing about North Korea or the ‘Asia Pivot’. They have much more urgent issues to take care of, such as putting food on their own table,” Dinh concluded.


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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009) and A Mere Rica (2017), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.