has scored a significant propaganda victory with its decision to allow athletes to participate in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang alongside South Korea.

The rogue nation unexpectedly opened up to diplomatic talks with Seoul weeks before the start of the games in what experts have interpreted as part of a “charm offensive” to defuse tensions with the international community.

Lt. Col. Peters said:”The bottom line is: don’t underestimate your enemies, and we underestimated North Korea.

“For the last couple of months they have been on this charm offensive and we got blindsided by what they did. They won a massive propaganda victory in the global media.”

North Korea has been fuelling fears with its decision to ignore calls from the international community demanding leader Kim Jong-un shut down his dangerous weapons development programme.

US President has pledged to “take care” of North Korea following its repeated threats of attack on the US but he has so far failed to shut the brutal regime down. 

But despite signs Pyongyang will continue to carry out its terror campaign against the United States and allied countries, the retired US Army lieutenant colonel warned striking North Korea now would make “bad guys” out of Washington DC.

Speaking to Fox News, the strategic analyst said: “If we act now, whether it be unilateral military action or anything else, we are the bad guys. This was so predictable.

“We had missteps and we underestimated our enemies’ ability to launch a charm offensive and now we are on the back foot.”

Tensions have escalated as Mr Trump and dictator Kim Jong-Un sabre-rattle with threats of nuclear action and missile strikes. 

At an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council in December, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned “if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed”.

Last month Malcolm Nance, a former US intelligence officer, said Mr Trump could wipe out the rogue state with a nuke in as little as 35 minutes.

He said: “That’s about the time it takes a Minuteman-III ICBM to travel from the Great Plains to Pyongyang.”

Daily Express

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