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Obama Plotting a Warlike Situation in East Asia Using the North Korean Rocket Launch as a Pretext

Feb. 9, 2016 (EIRNS)—Today President Obama spoke by phone to Japanese Premier Shinjo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, condemning North Korea’s actions—notably its Feb. 7 satellite rocket launch—and calling for a strong international response, including a United Nations Security Council resolution. The Korea Herald reported that President Park and her U.S. and Japanese counterparts have agreed to cooperate to ensure that the U.N. Security Council can adopt a resolution for strong sanctions on North Korea for its latest nuclear test and the long-range rocket launch.

Today’s push by Obama is part of his ongoing development of a war-like stance in the region. Yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook spoke of wanting the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile deployment in South Korea to proceed.

"Without getting into a timeline, we’d like to see this move as quickly as possible," Cook told reporters,

"We are beginning the consultations now and in the current days with the South Koreans, and we expect that this will move in an expeditious fashion."

America’s highly deployable THAAD system fires anti-ballistic missiles into the sky to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth’s atmosphere during their final flight phase. The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets, AFP report noted.

China is expressing deep concerns over the proposed THAAD deployment, which it says could worsen the already fragile situation in Northeast Asia. "China holds a consistent and clear stance on the anti-missile issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Feb 7, reported by Xinhua. "When pursuing its own security, one country should not impair others’ security interests."

In addition, Xinhua also calls attention to the meeting planned for this week to discuss the North Korean rocket launch, to be held in Hawaii, between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts—Katsutoshi Kawano, head of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, and Lee Sun-jin, the South Korean Army General and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.