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Fire and Fury

How the US Isolates North Korea, Encircles China and Risks Nuclear War in Asia

February 2018
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  • Publisher
    Clairview Books
  • Published
    5th February 2018
  • ISBN 9781905570935
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

President Trump threatens North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” whilst fellow Republican John McCain warns that the country risks “extinction.” But what does the regime in North Korea actually want? Is Kim Jong-un truly the mad cartoon villain that the media love to portray?

Without being an apologist for the oppressive North Korean government, T. J. Coles exposes the propaganda war waged against it, revealing the truth behind the simplistic news headlines. North Korea has made multiple offers to the international community to end its nuclear program in exchange for assurances that it won’t be attacked by the US. It has even committed to a no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons—something the US itself will not do.

Far from being a state in self-imposed hermitage, North Korea has diplomatic relations with over one hundred countries. Coles argues that the US is deliberately seeking to isolate the regime as part of its wider geostrategic goals in the Asia Pacific. The real target of the US, and ultimately its biggest challenge, is China. Coles debunks myths regarding North Korea’s military and demonstrates that in actual fact it has limited capabilities. In building up its own armed forces in the region (the so-called Asia Pivot), the US is playing a dangerous game of nuclear brinkmanship.

Fire and Fury provides a sharp, succinct briefing for anyone seeking a broader, less distorted, and more balanced understanding of current events, while offering solutions for ordinary citizens who wish to further the cause of peace.

T. J. Coles

T. J. Coles studies the philosophy of neurology and cognition at the University of Plymouth, UK, with reference to the aesthetic experiences of the blind and visually impaired. He is director of the Plymouth Institute for Peace Research (PIPR), editor and coauthor of Voices for Peace and author of The New Atheism Hoax (both 2015, PIPR). His political writings have appeared in the New Statesman, Lobster, Peace Review and Z Magazine. He is also a columnist with Axis of Logic and in 2013 was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for journalism.