Harry Sterling: Saner heads should prevail on North Korea

Sep 05, 2017, 19:37
Harry Sterling: Saner heads should prevail on North Korea

"The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years", Mr Trump, who last week said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was "starting to respect" the United States, wrote on Twitter: "Talking is not the answer!"

On Tuesday, Pyongyang launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan into the northern Pacific, fueling talk of a possible second Korean War, which some fear could involve a nuclear exchange.

The language from North Korea on Wednesday is as familiar as it is chilling, a declaration to the world to expect more missile tests. "This regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable global behavior", said President Donald Trump said in a statement on August 29. -South Korea military exercises focused mainly on computer simulations.

The North incited global alarm on Tuesday when it fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan, triggering condemnation from the UN Security Council and world leaders including the United States and Britain.

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"This reckless act of launching a missile that flies over our country is an unprecedented, serious and important threat". Three short-range missiles were launched on Saturday. O'Shaughnessy, commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, referring to North Korea.

North Korea has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and has recently threatened to land missiles near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

China announced a full ban on imports of coal, iron, and seafood, among other goods from North Korea as of August 15, thus cutting key export revenues for Pyongyang.

The problem here is that Washington won't be very interested in displaying the kind of "demeanor" that North Korea is likely to want. So small wonder that South Korean citizens - and foreigners staying for a long time alike - remained calm and unperturbed by one of its most menacing missile provocations Tuesday.

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"I agree with the president".

The U.S. military frequently responds to North Korean actions with a show-of-force display of its attack aircraft.

Kim said that he would watch the United States' actions before deciding whether to conduct more missile tests, including in waters around Guam, a US territory that is home to Andersen Air Force Base, from which the B-1B Lancer bombers participating in the drills on Thursday took off.

"The North's intention was to push the boundaries of its military presence farther from the Korean Peninsula and Japan and into the wider Pacific, and they practically drew the line at Guam with their missile threat", he said.

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This photo, taken on August 2, 2017, shows citizens visiting Imjingak in the South Korean border city of Paju near the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.

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