Friday, 28 April, 2017

Trump seems confused about who is in charge of North Korea

A missile is paraded across the Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang North Korea A missile is paraded across the Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang North Korea
Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 18:22

USA's tough rhetoric against the DPRK has been subsiding lately.

"China's position on opposing a nuclear-capable (North Korea) is firm, clear and consistent", Lu said.

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Trump said that the deciding factor in easing tensions between the two countries will be how much the DPRK's leader desires peace.

The USS Carl Vinson, however, did not move toward North Korea when the White House said it would.

"We are conducting a practical and more intensive exercise than ever", South Korean pilot Lieutenant Colonel Lee Bum-chul told reporters.

The report, carried by Reuters, also warned the usa and its allies "should not mess with us".

Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its arms programs, including developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

But the vice president said he is encouraged and believes North Korea is listening to the Trump administration's concerns.

He has sent a navy strike group towards the Korean Peninsula, and the United States and South Korea are moving ahead with the early deployment of a controversial missile defence system.

Vice Minister Han Song Ryol accused Donald Trump of creating a "vicious cycle" of heightened tensions in the region with his tweets, adding that North Korea plans to continue to stockpile nuclear weapons in case of a U.S. strike.

What has the U.S. told North Korea?

Vice President Mike Pence, who is on his first official tour of the region, has said repeatedly that "the era of strategic patience is over" and "all options are on the table".

"Any decision by the US should be made in close consultation with South Korea, its ally", he told TIME. There is also the potential economic disaster the collapse of the North Korean economy would precipitate, bringing waves of refugees into China.

Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC that North Korea believed its nuclear weapons "protect" it from the threat of United States military action. In a message directed at Kim Jong Un's regime, he said the world mustn't doubt Trump's resolve following his "decisive action" against Syria and Afghanistan.

At the United Nations on Monday, North Korea's permanent representative Ambassador Kim In-ryong, condemned the USA missile strikes in Syria, which targeted an air base after a suspected chemical attack by the government.

On Monday, Hwang and Pence reaffirmed their plans to go ahead with the THAAD, but the decision will be up to the next South Korean president.