Wednesday, 16 August, 2017

North Korea failed missile launch increases US-NK tension

Pence calls US commitment to South Korea 'iron-clad' North ready for all-out war
Alfredo Watts | 21 April, 2017, 19:24

Then, after North Korea tested an atomic bomb in 2006, the United States pressed the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on North Korea.

With a stunning parade of missiles in Pyongyang on Saturday, the North's failed firing of a solid-fueled missile that same day, and the promise of new missile tests weekly, Kim is forcing our hand. A fresh USA warning by Vice President Mike Pence has come with references to USA actions in Syria and Afghanistan and could, therefore, mean that Washington may not shy away from taking a similar action against North Korea.

The missile was launched from Sinpo, a port city in eastern North Korea, according to a South Korean defense official.

"We've seen some tangible indications that they're working towards this end, but it's still quite early", said Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary for East Asian affairs. North Korea has been conducting several nuclear tests and missile launches in contravention of UNO resolutions.

Pence made an unannounced visit to the Demilitarized Zone at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia in a US show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire. "I'm not like other administrations, where they say we're going to do this in four weeks", he said.

Now, reasonable people can have a credible argument over the merits of the Clinton administration's diplomatic outreach to North Korea.

China could certainly do more in this regard, but it views the North as a valuable buffer to Western hegemony in the region and will have to be persuaded to apply pressure on its junior ally. But confrontation and conflict will not resolve the problem, and may worsen it as North Korea is nuclear and unpredictable.

"They've been talking with this gentleman for a long time", Trump said, apparently referencing former American presidents" negotiations with North Korea. We're doing a lot of work.

DONALD Trump has said how much North Korea's leader desires peace will be a deciding factor in easing tensions between his nation and the United States. "China and the United States and South Korea, Japan, we all share that same interest".

Susan Thornton, acting USA assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, agreed in a phone call on Sunday on the need for strict enforcement of United Nations resolutions and for worldwide action to press Pyongyang "to cease provocative actions and recommit to peaceful denuclearisation". That would fit well with Rex Tillerson's terse response to Pyongyang's missile test in March, and be consistent with Tillerson's assessment that "diplomacy has failed" in this crisis.

In short, regime change in North Korea should not be on the agenda, at least at this stage.

"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response". Contemporary North Korea continues with this mentality.

In the comments to Fox News, Trump cited the strength of his newfound relationship with President Xi Jinping in explaining why he has dropped his past criticism of China.