North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile test has shifted the dynamic in the confrontation with Washington over its nuclear and missile programmes.
According to Sun, now is not the time to hand over diplomatic concessions to North Korea after a provocative, illegal missile test.
China, Xi said, has repeatedly made clear its principled stance that while making necessary responses to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s violations of UN Security Council resolutions, the global community should also increase efforts in promoting dialogue and controlling the situation.
A solution on North Korea must come through dialogue and consultation involving the worldwide community, Xi said. Mr Trump had bluntly tweeted: “It won’t happen!”
Trump said at the start of the meeting that he and Xi had “developed a wonderful relationship”. The North Korean propaganda machine is already reviling him as a “Hitler” – surely not nice considering he’s praised Kim Jong-un as “a smart cookie” and famously said he’d like to sit down and have a hamburger with him.
Although retired US Pacific Command admiral Dennis Blair claimed that North Korea may “be developing 10 to 15 nuclear weapons” that “can do a lot of damage to the US”, America, with “2,000” nuclear weapons, could absolutely level North Korea-a fate that their government has to be aware of.
The US is also expected to test its THAAD missile defence system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the next few days.
Nevertheless, Trump is under strong pressure to resolve what can best be described as an insoluble and most hard foreign policy dilemma.
How long will it be before the North Koreans begin attacking Moon with the same venom reserved for previous South Korean presidents?
This is the second show of force by the United States military since North Korea fired an ICBM, the first by the country. However, here again, his bullying rhetoric towards China on Twitter is simply inappropriate. While he offered no specifics, he has not ruled out military action.
U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed that he will stop North Korea from ever achieving that capability. Many of these targets are dispersed across the country and often underground or undersea, so destroying them all is certainly not guaranteed.
In the wake of the launch, South Korea’s defense minister said he sees a high possibility of North Korea conducting a sixth nuclear test. It also accused a Chinese bank of laundering money for Pyongyang. “Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!” A conflict on the Korean peninsula would destabilise not only the region, but the whole world, and is in nobody’s interest. They have been “playing” the United States for years. He continued: “I think there were substantive discussions about the financing of North Korea, we had substantive discussions about ways of dealing with North Korea together”. China says THAAD threatens its security, despite USA and South Korean assurances it is aimed only at defending against North Korea.
North Korea will not give up the nuclear problem regardless of what negotiated carrots and sticks are presented. The meeting was the first face-to-face communication between the two heads of state since the new USA administration took office.