North Korea has nothing to lose as it hides nothing, including a hatred towards the U.S. Its policy and statements are an open book.
The United States started deploying the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defense system in South Korea on Tuesday in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear tests. For instance, North Korea has allegedly been selling battlefield radio systems (banned under United Nations sanctions) through a front company called Global Communications in Malaysia.
But North Korea considers those maneuvers preparations for an invasion.
But China has all along seen an ulterior motive to South Korea’s response, claiming the powerful radar that THAAD uses to detect missiles would penetrate parts of China’s northeast, allowing the U.S. to spy on Chinese missile tests, and undermine Beijing’s nuclear deterrent.
“This trip will allow Secretary Tillerson to engage allies and partners on not only a range of bilateral issues, but also importantly to discuss and coordinate strategy to address the advancing nuclear missile threat from North Korea”, said Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton.
There is also a call for self-examination in China as many Chinese workers will suffer at the expense of economic sanctions against Korean companies. “Without a definitive link between these actions (and Thaad), filing a lawsuit or any of that could be hard”.
Seoul agreed to host an advanced USA missile defense battery, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, on its soil in July previous year.
Rumors were rife last month that Taiwan might be the next country to a host THAAD system after reports in the Hong Kong media. After South Korean activists placed a statue of “comfort women” in front of the Japanese Consulate General in Busan, South Korea, in December, the Japanese government recalled its ambassador to Seoul in protest.
Victor Cha, a Korea expert and former White House official now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, played down the chances that THAAD would be rolled back.
The track of land on which the THAAD will be deployed in South Korea, belongs to the Lotte Group, a private business conglomerate, which runs a huge business in China.
Japan wants a more active USA response to North Korea and is working to build pressure on Pyongyang.
Complicating matters further is the corruption scandal that led to South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s ouster on Friday. By virtue of proximity and, critically, its willingness to bring its economic leverage to bear in diplomatic and security matters, China is one country that South Korea should be mindful about crossing due to economic blowback. He might not be too far off the mark in regarding these missile tests as something important enough for the U.S. to agree to stop conducting military exercises, as a quid pro quo for North Korea’s commitment to stop conducting missile tests.
For the past few months, South Korea has been facing internal political cleavage, which is not yet over.
However, Toner admitted that “all of the efforts that we have taken thus far to attempt to persuade North Korea to, again, engage in meaningful negotiations, have fallen short”, and that the U.S. needs to consider new ways to engage the rogue regime.
Still, Park’s departure is a chance to have a South Korean leader who can influence the policy debate, Delury said. Kim’s government launched five missiles in a single week following Trump’s inauguration, with each “rocket launching drill” the north conducted “take to strike the bases of the US imperialist aggressor forces in Japan”, KCNA said.
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Local news outlet Money Today said, during a visit to the command headquarters of the U.S.
At the same time, assertive demands on what China deems its core interests, especially in the year when the Communist Party’s new Standing Committee will be appointed, risks increasing tensions in an already downward spiraling relationship that would have negative bilateral consequences. During negotiations over a new decade-long defense package with Israel in 2016, Obama administration officials suggested its own Missile Defense Agency was running dry of resources to conduct research for the unique intercontinental threats facing the USA homeland.