N. Korea Made 'A Very Wise' Decision In Backing Down From Threats

by Abel Hampton August 19, 2017, 1:01
N. Korea Made 'A Very Wise' Decision In Backing Down From Threats

Early on Wednesday morning, U.S. President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter to offer his latest comment on the ongoing war-of-words between North Korea and the United States.

It does mean working to induce North Korea's military and political elites to depose the dictator.

"There's no military solution [to North Korea's nuclear threats], forget it", Bannon told the American Prospect magazine in an interview published online Wednesday.

"They know what they need to do", she said.

His remarks were in apparent contradiction of President Trump's claim that all options, including a military one, are "on the table".

Choi Jin-wook, a professor of global relations at Japan's Ritsumeikan University and former president of South Korea's state-run Korea Institute for National Unification, said a sixth nuclear test would be essential for North Korea to develop an operational nuclear-tipped ICBM. But Bannon added such a deal seemed remote.

So let's carefully consider the opportunity to align our government on a path forward, one that will generate likely support from China and the U.N. Security Council. North Korea views such exercises as preparations to invade it. "It's just a sideshow".

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, offered the suggestion Thursday amid growing concerns surrounding North Korea's nuclear capabilities amplified by recent threats directed toward Guam, a USA territory only minutes away by missile. But he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a joint op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Monday also called for "peaceful pressure campaign" on the North.

North Korea's military said last week it would finalize the plan to fire four ballistic missiles near Guam, which is about 2,000 miles from Pyongyang. His brash attitude and brazen approach have probably made North Korea realise that he is capable of starting a conflict in response to launched missiles.

"North Korea will conduct a sixth nuclear test in order to bring the United States to negotiations", said Yoo Ho-yeol, professor of unification and diplomacy at Seoul's Korea University.

"If we continue to lose it, we're five years away, I think, 10 years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we'll never be able to recover". -North Korea tensions rising. All three Kims have craved equal standing with the U.S., which is one reason why it has gambled on nuclear-weapons development all along. China, with whom North Korea carries out 90 per cent of its trade, and Russian Federation are considered vital to any efforts to talk the country, already the most sanctioned in the world, out of its nuclear pursuit.

Sanctions on North Korea have been ratcheted up over the past two weeks, with U.S.

In his own mind, Trump's intention may really be to use military force to deny North Korea the capability to threaten the United States with a nuclear-armed ICBM.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in meanwhile has urged the USA not to launch an attack on the Korean peninsula without its consent, saying "no one may decide to take military action without the consent" of the South. Pyongyang strengthened its verbal threats against Washington last week, when it announced that it was developing a plan to strike Guam, which would include missiles passing over Japanese prefectures.

Lim and Sullivan also agreed to strengthen their joint military readiness by pushing to revise missile guidelines in a way that doubles the weight of warheads aboard South Korean missiles. The two defense chiefs are scheduled to hold their first face-to-face later this month in Washington.

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