Will North Korea Bomb The US? Nothing Is Off The Table
Jul 06 2017 by Johnnie Parsons
In other words, Trump is under intense pressure to solve what may be an insoluble foreign policy problem.
The United States vowed Wednesday to use military force to defend the country and its allies against a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile if necessary, but said it prefers to use its clout in worldwide trade to address the growing threat.
Haley, in her statement, also referenced countries who are continuing to trade with or encourage trade with North Korea and outlined a choice the us believes those states must make.
On Wednesday, Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations warned China that its huge trade with the United States could be imperiled if Beijing is found to be violating U.N. sanctions through its economic relationship with Pyongyang.
In a hard-hitting address, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday's ICBM test had made "the world a more risky place", and re-iterated that Washington was ready to use force if need be to deal with the threat of a nuclear-armed Pyongyang. "The possibility of implementing a military operation in order to resolve the crisis with North Korea should be removed from the table".
Trump's earlier visit was marred by several awkward encounters, including a tough speech to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members urging them to spend more on their armed forces, an uncomfortable handshake with France's new president and a caught-on-camera moment when Trump pushed past the prime minister of Montenegro to get to the front of a group photo opportunity.
Earlier on Thursday, Moscow dismissed the US-led calls at the UN Security Council to step up sanctions.
"He, with a broad smile on his face, told officials, scientists, and technicians that the USA would be displeased ... as it was given a "package of gifts" on its "Independence Day", KCNA said.
Following the launch, the White House, Treasury Department, State Department, Pentagon and intelligence agencies accelerated discussions on options for responding to Pyongyang's nuclear pursuits.
One route the administration is taking is a familiar one - seeking a Security Council condemnation of the test launch on Wednesday at the United Nations and new sanctions on the already heavily sanctioned North.
All nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons. He criticized North Korea for launching an ICBM but also was critical of the USA and South Korea for deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system, or THAAD, in South Korea.
"The pace of the threat is advancing faster than I think was considered when we did the first ballistic missile defense review back in 2010", Rob Soofer, who is helping review missile defenses, told a Senate Armed Service subcommittee last month. "But it makes no sense to not join together on this threat (from) North Korea". She called on China to use its economic influence over North Korea to rein in the regime of King Jong Un.
The timing of the North's missile test - after the first summit between Trump and new South Korean President Moon Jae-In and ahead of this week's G20 summit - appeared to have been deliberate, said Kim. "So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!"
John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, says there has been "a lot of wishful thinking" on the part of the USA that China was coming around in its approach.
Tensions with North Korea are on the rise. Washington has singled out China as North Korea's primary trading partner.
During an interview outside Fortezza Coffee, The Journal Gazette asked Banks whether Trump should be tweeting about North Korea, China and his feuds with news media organizations. As he said in a third tweet on Wednesday, "Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40% in the first quarter".
"To sit there and oppose sanctions ... means that you are holding the hands of Kim Jong Un", she said. It was unclear why the customs agency reported a higher rate. A nuclearized North Korea with ICBMs that can reach the US should be a nonstarter. While the US "completely obliterated" a mock intercontinental ballistic missile in a late May test of its $36 billion ground-based defense system, according to the Missile Defense Agency, outside analysts call those tests choreographed events that don't reflect real-world scenarios.
North Korea is maneuvering to participate in negotiations on a peace accord as a "nuclear power" on an equal footing with the United States.
He said the United States was considering "severe things" for North Korea, but that he would not draw a "red line" of the kind that his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, had drawn but not enforced, on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.