The test sparked global alarm as it suggested North Korea now possessed an ICBM capable of reaching Alaska, a major milestone for the reclusive, nuclear-armed state. North Korea's ballistic missiles, even without nuclear warheads, pose a distinct threat to South Korea and the entire region. Like all Americans, I am deeply concerned by this development.
After the G20, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S.is working to convince Russian Federation to cut off economic ties with North Korea. He then says, the most likely ultimate outcome by far is acquiescence.
Haneul Na'avi, contributing writer on political economy and geopolitics for The Duran, and Edwin Chen, Activist focusing on the Asian Holocaust of World War II commented on the issue.
China, North Korea's most important economic partner, has been increasing restrictions against North Korean activity in the country. The best that the United States can do now is to accept North Korea's nuclear state status, have a direct talk with Pyongyang, and freeze the nuclear genie that is already out of the bottle. The United States' greatest strength (our overwhelming military superiority to North Korea) is also our greatest weakness in dealing with the North Korean problem. Despite our efforts at diplomacy, sanctions, military exercises and other methods to thwart North Korea's nuclear ambitions, it has continued to make progress towards achieving its goal to become a nuclear power. It also seeks to blacklist the top 10 Chinese importers of North Korean items.
For decades, U.S. policy has been predicated on the idea that the North Korean regime is about to collapse.
The impoverished, isolated country has staged five nuclear tests - including two previous year - and has made a significant progress in its missile capability under Kim, who took power in 2011. Trump said unless China exerts its pressure on North Korea, the US will have to take unilateral action. The worst case scenario, however, would be one in which North Korea retaliates against USA forces in the region, and probably against civilians in South Korea and Japan.
The Chinese customs department released figures showing a 29 percent spike in Chinese exports to North Korea. Or we might let the Chinese know that we might just encourage and aid the Japanese in acquiring a nuclear weapons capability as the price of failing to take effective action to defuse this threat now.