April 24, 2017

North Korea says don't mess with us as US plans next move

21 April 2017, 01:34 | Taylor George

GETTY REUTERS THE BIG CITY Kim Jong-un and Ryomyong Street in Pyongyang

Kim Jong-un and Ryomyong Street in Pyongyang

US President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

The objectives behind the USA approach appear to be three-fold: impose maximum deterrent pressure on the North to discourage it from further missile tests or a possible sixth nuclear test; incentivize China to impose tougher economic sanctions on North Korea as a way of disciplining a recalcitrant ally and to avoid the risk of escalation to full-blown military conflict; and demonstrate to the American public that Trump's White House has broken decisively with the failed policy of "strategic patience" that defined the approach of past US administrations.

"But at the same time", the prime minister said, "dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue".

The conservative Liberty Korea Party balked at the suggestion Korea was ever a part of China.

North Korea-US tension is growing.

"The missile blew up nearly immediately", the command said in a statement. Pyongyang's abortive April 16 missile launch was a clear act of defiance.

The party's spokesman said that while Korea experienced "many ups and downs, our 5,000 years of established history is the pride of our nation". On Aug. 24, a KN-11 flew around 310 miles, however.

The footage showed the choir reaching the climactic point as a video of February's test-firing of a North Korean missile is shown on a screen, according to an RT report. Both missiles use liquid fuel.

US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said during a visit to London the military option must be part of the pressure brought to bear. "More is unknown than known about the country".

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The review "will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States", he said.

The JCPOA restricts extensive global monitoring to declared nuclear facilities and calls upon Iran to permit inspections when any suspicious facilities are spotted.

However, Iran in the past has stymied worldwide monitoring of suspect nuclear sites, like the Parchin facility that was not included in the Iran deal. Parchin, located some 20 miles southeast of Tehran, was the location for most of Iran's past nuclear arms-related work.

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that he'd personally advised Trump be more blunt with Beijing, asking the President to "tell China that if you don't take care of it, we will". But he told the sailors, "as all of you know, readiness is the key".

Mr. Pompeo then suggested Iran could cheat as Syria did in hiding chemical weapons that were required to be given up under an Obama administration-brokered agreement.

Any preemptive action by the U.S. will only amplify South Korea's worry.

Pyongyang's failed ballistic missile launch may have eased the risk of an American response, but it hasn't stopped the Trump administration from going slow on its plans for dealing with the Pyongyang regime. The north has around 1,000 ballistic missiles, the majority of those being SCUDs.

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