Trump discusses North Korea with China's Xi

by Abel Hampton September 12, 2017, 1:15
Trump discusses North Korea with China's Xi

It was not immediately clear how North Korean allies China and Russian Federation would vote, but a senior US official on Friday night expressed skepticism that either nation would accept anything more stringent than a ban on imports of North Korean textiles. Kim, who was welcomed with a standing ovation, raised a toast to and praised the engineers for their contribution to a great auspicious event in the history of North Korea, in a reference to the test that had met with widespread condemnation globally and heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

Despite the downsides, a serious discussion between the allies on this matter might finally awaken regional players into the dangers of a nuclear-armed North Korea that would go beyond the DPRK and give more credit to the US for preventing a nuclear arms race in the region.

The US has called for a vote on Monday on new United Nations sanctions.

The characteristically hyperbolic statement from the regime's foreign ministry likened the a "bloodthirsty beast" and said the world will witness how North Korea "tames the USA gangsters by taking series of action tougher than they have ever envisaged".

More modifications are inevitable and it's unclear if a vote will take place Monday as the USA has sought, the diplomat said.

This comes amidst rumors and warnings that North Korea, celebrating its Founders Day Sept. 9, may fire off another test missile.

In 2012 the USA state department announces that North Korea had agreed to put a moratorium on its nuclear activity in exchange for food aid from the US.

The unique circumstances surrounding North Korea's stubborn pursuit of nuclear weapons stands in stark contrast to the fate of other would-be developers like Syria and Iraq, countries that found their embryonic facilities quickly obliterated in Israeli air strikes.

Parts of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system arrive at Seongju South Korea
Parts of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system arrive at Seongju South Korea

"Saudi Arabia's case", said Hagerty, "won't be driven by what happens with North Korea".

North Korea is warning the United States it will pay a "due price" for spearheading efforts for fresh sanctions on the regime following its latest nuclear test, which diplomats say the UN Security Council will soon put to a vote.

North Korea offered fresh vitriol against the pending sanctions, specifically targeting Haley, who this week accused Kim of "begging for war".

Zhao Tong, a North Korea expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre in Beijing, said North Korea was deeply unhappy with China's backing of earlier United Nations sanctions.

Considering the strong viewpoints in the USA on such matters, and the global implications, it would be best for the United States to initiate and lead such a dialogue.

China fought alongside North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War and Beijing has always been Pyongyang's ally and primary trade partner.

China's economic influence has been felt by South Korea as well. But this agreement between the two countries, which are constantly threatened by the Pyongyang regime and whose public opinions are against any form of escalation in the region, is noteworthy.

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