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Here Are the Real Reasons Behind Trump's Brinksmanship Toward North Korea

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13.08.2017

There are many explanations floating around which seek to answer the question of why Trump has all of the sudden decided to prioritize North Korea.

The conventional view has to do with a combination of Pyongyang's repeated missile tests in violation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions and the related need to "justify" the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) deployment right on Russia and China's doorstep.

These points are certainly valid and serve as the most obvious reasons behind Trump's actions, but there's more to it than people might initially think.

Trump doesn't just need to "justify" THAAD's Northeast Asian deployment in the eyes of Russia, China and the international community at large, but most importantly he needs to convince his new South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In that this move is in his country's best interests.

The new leader was initially skeptical about this, and part of the reason why he was elected is because he campaigned on a mildly pro-sovereign platform,........

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