Russia, China Warn US Against Military Conflict With North Korea

by Frankie Norman August 19, 2017, 1:01
Russia, China Warn US Against Military Conflict With North Korea

The tentative interest in diplomacy follows unusually combative threats between Trump and North Korea amid worries Pyongyang is nearing its long-sought goal of being able to send a nuclear missile to the USA mainland. But there have been some signs of improvement in recent days, including China's decision to ban North Korean iron ore, iron, lead and coal as part of a new United Nations sanctions package against Pyongyang.

Gen Dunford also told reporters in Beijing that "there's no question" any potential military action in the Korean Peninsula would be taken only in consultation with South Korea.

Jim Mattis was again left to hover in the spectrum of "military consequences strong" for Pyongyang, but only "if North Korea commits hostilities", and either "in close collaboration with our allies", the first of which are Japan and South Korea. However, he said the diplomatic campaign against North Korea must be backed by the threat of "a strong military outcome if North Korea chooses wrongly".

China's defense ministry said in a statement that Gen. Fan Changlong, the vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, told Dunford in a meeting Thursday that all sides should remain restrained and avoid words and actions that could escalate tensions.

It seems that both China and the United States are quite content with the top USA general's first visit to China in his capacity.

"As long as the USA hostile policy and nuclear threat continue, [Pyongyang] will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiation table", North Korea's United Nations Ambassador Ja Song Nam told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a telephone conversation, according to North Korea's UN mission. The chairman's first stop before Beijing was in Seoul and his last stop will be in Tokyo.

However, the professor said China hasn't yet adjusted its policy toward Pyongyang for fear of tilting the strategic balance of power in the region.

North Korea responded that it was ready to aim a missile at the American territory Guam, but it has since suspended the operation.

The chairman said he is leaving Beijing feeling encouraged. "That is as forceful a declaration of the worldwide community's perspective on this issue as we've seen". -South Korea war games next week may give Kim another excuse to resume his missile tests.

She also said that China's so-called double freeze plan appeared to be the most rational, realistic and implementable way to settle the Korean crisis, expressing her hope that all the involved parties would seriously consider and accept the initiative.

The diplomatic and economic pressure is created to set the political conditions for very hard complicated long-term issues to be addressed, the chairman said.

North Korea claims it has successfully miniaturized a nuclear weapon.

"President Trump is arrogant to a large extent", said Heo, 61.

Instead, the U.S. has been working hard to tighten the screws on Pyongyang, by reinforcing its worldwide isolation. On all counts, that is the best way to approach this.

In the past, the south Korean president from the centre-left is in favour of dialogue with Pyongyang, parallel to a policy of sanctions.

"The US and President Trump promised no matter what options they use, they will sufficiently consult with South Korea and get consent".

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