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Trump's U-turn on NATO
American President Donald Trump, during his election campaign had decried NATO, saying that its days were over and that since the NATO countries are not paying their share of bills, why should the US pay their bills?

However, he has now made a U-turn saying that NATO has changed itself and its existence is very much relevant. Actually, this turnaround has happened after America's confrontation on the issues of Syria and North Korea with Russia and China respectively. Syria is a protege of Russia, which is opposed to America's desire to end the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Similarly, North Korea is a protege of China and China is behind making North Korea a nuclear power and also helping it in developing ballistic missile technology.

North Korea recently conducted five medium range ballistic missile tests by firing them into the Sea of Japan. North Korea is also a clandestine nuclear power which has threatened the US of launching a nuclear bomb on its shores. America is really worried on this North Korean threat. It has already requested China to restrain North Korea. Since China does not want American and South Korean troops on its borders so it is helping North Korea.

On the American request of help China said that North Korea is not prepared to listen to it. Though surprisingly, on the Syrian Chemical weapons bombing issue it abstained from voting in favour of Russia atthe UN Security Council. All these happenings have convinced Trump that NATO still has big relevance. US is fast returning back to its old days of US and NATO against Russia and China.

What is really worrying for all is the stance of North Korea. It is hell bent on conducting its sixth ballistic missile test despite warning from the US. American strike group led by US super aircraft career Carl Vinson has already reached within striking distance of North Korea. Recent firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles from its warship by the US in Syria and dropping mother of all bombs in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border are all signals America is giving to North Korea that if it carries out its sixth ballistic missile test then US will bomb it.

Agreed, that South Korea and Japan, who are both within firing range of North Korea are opposing America for bombing North Korea, but America in its own self interest has limited options. Americans have been informed by their intelligence agencies that within two years, North Korea will develop a ballistic missile capable of hitting America. So the best option for US is to immediately destroy missile and nuclear bomb-making capabilities of North Korea. The stage seems almost set.

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