Forcing China's Hand on North Korea

18 July, 2017, 08:34 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts with scientists and technicians of the DPRK Academy of Defence Science after the test-launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated

The stamps were launched at the end of last month to coincide with the anniversary of the Korean War.

If North Korea accepts the South's offer for the military talks, it would be the first official governmental talks between the two Koreas since vice ministerial talks were held in December 2015.

The council also said it opposed a military solution to the North Korea problem and kept the door open to dialogue.

(Kyodo News via AP, File).

They are accused by Pyongyang of planning to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-un is on his way to getting an ICBM nuclear delivery system. "They've had numerous wars with Korea". Economic reformer? Shrewd master of nuclear brinksmanship? "Ninety percent of the economy of North Korea depends on China". Nearly six years later, there are still unanswered questions. And the world has cause for concern with the latest test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Here's a look at Kim's nuclear gamble and what the future might hold. Moon declared his willingness to work for peace with North Korea following his inauguration.

But Pyongyang has staged a series of missile launches in violation of United Nations resolutions - most recently on July 4 when it test-fired its first ICBM, a move which triggered global alarm and a push by US President Donald Trump to impose harsher United Nations sanctions.

January 2016: North Korea says it has conducted a hydrogen bomb test.

As there is a possibility that Kim might decide to open fire on the US, the USA has been stepping up its missile defense capabilities.

What accounts for Kim's boldness?

According to Reuters, Chinese state-owned oil major CNPC has suspended diesel and gasoline sales to North Korea during the last month or two. It will be recalled that Pres. Trump called up Pres. Duterte asking him to talk to China to put more pressure on North Korea. His father, by comparison, had to negotiate with other countries for food after a starvation in the mid-1990s that killed tens of thousands.

Kim's propaganda machine argues that the nuclear deterrence is a "treasured sword" meant to cope with USA aggression.

"Tge Philippines has diplomatic space to do that", the official said.

She says the U.S.'s military exercises with South Korea must continue no matter what.

Since his inauguration, Kim has not met any foreign leaders or traveled overseas.

The Foreign Secretary hit out at Pyongyang on a trip to Brussels to meet his European counterparts.

Kim has repeatedly promised to achieve Korean unification, and he likely thinks his nuclear bombs will deter USA involvement in the event of another war on the Korean Peninsula.

Christine Ahn, a South Korean-born United States citizen, said she did not know she was persona non grata in the country until Asiana Airlines stopped her from boarding a flight at the San Francisco airport Thursday. His son and longtime heir apparent, Kim Jong Il, takes power. Even so, he won't likely give up his already-developed weapons.

2003: North Korea attends Beijing-hosted disarmament talks that also involve Washington, Seoul, Tokyo and Moscow.

The Red Cross has also proposed a meeting to try to revive the meetings between Korean families separated since the War (1950-1953). Unlike the father, he seems uninterested in negotiations on its nuclear program.

The move is unlikely to have a big impact on North Korea without China deciding to curb its financial activities with the secretive state.

Thanks to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons, not to mention its many conventional weapons already within range of Seoul, Russia thinks that Trump's threats of a US military strike on North Korea are as unsafe as anything that comes from North Korea.

The U.S.is working on its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, otherwise known as THAAD. If North Korea chose to use these weapons, they could cause huge damage in a short amount of time.

If China ends its oil shipments, the North's military can not fly its warplanes or operate its tanks.

"The message to North Korea should be, if you're here, we're here, and we're going to give these countries and these banks and companies a choice - continue to do business in the U.S. dollar or work with North Korea", he said.

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