North Korea Confirms Third Detention of An American Citizen
May 05 2017 by Lorena Waters
For South Koreans living next door to a hostile, nuclear-armed state that regularly threatens their annihilation, their vote in Tuesday's presidential election likely will be based in part on each candidate's plan for how to handle North Korea.
It was not immediately clear how open Beijing might be to new sanctions. North and South Korean missiles in Seoul, South Korea.
That was the latest salvo in the Trump administration's push to get the global community to intensify diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program before it can pose a direct threat to the American mainland.
North Korea's propaganda machine also stated that Japan would be "reduced to ashes" and that South Korea would be "submerged in a sea of fire". The most recent test, which failed, came on Friday following a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea, chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The Congressional Research Service said in a report cited by the Washington Times that the North test-launched missiles past year in flights precisely created to avoid interception by rocketing them into much higher altitudes. Options on the table include the usual statement of condemnation, a stronger resolution that may also blacklist some individuals and entities, or a more ambitious program of sanctions.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, asked about the bomber flights, the drills and North Korea's response, stressed that the situation was "highly complex" and sensitive.
It also accused China of "hyping up" damage caused by North Korean nuclear tests to China's three northeastern provinces.
China's Global Times newspaper retorted that the nuclear-armed North was in the grip of "some form of irrational logic" over its weapons programmes. The KCNA railed against China for "dancing to the tune of the US", and stressed that Pyongyang will continue its nuclear and missile development. South Korea has dismissed the view as it has been developing the Kill Chain and Korea Air and Missile Defence pre-emptive strike schemes, which it said will be interoperable with - but not part of - the United States systems.
The bill would financially penalize anyone using the slave labor that North Korea exports to other countries.
On May 2, US and Chinese diplomats gathered in NY to discuss the North Korean problem, Reuters reports.
This includes tools to cut US financial assistance going to countries that buy or sell North Korean conventional weapons as well as impose secondary sanctions on countries that don't fully inspect North Korean cargo passing through its ports. However, North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile on that same morning ended in failure, as the weapon blew up as soon as it took off.
At the same time, many Chinese people worry that Washington was turning the issue "into a trap and they keep a higher alert on Washington's tricks than on Pyongyang", the editorial said.