Published: Fri, February 09, 2018

The new USA nuclear policy is a step backwards

The new USA nuclear policy is a step backwards

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger testified to the Senate Armed Services committee in January about his thoughts on how the Trump Administration and the world at-large should deal with the ever-increasing threat of North Korea's Kim Jong-Un.

While joining the sanctions regime, Seoul has sought to expand inter-Korean exchanges through the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and use the "peace" momentum to pave the way for talks between North Korea and the US. But recent weeks have seen a thaw with South Korea, after Pyongyang agreed to send athletes to compete in the Olympic Games opening on February 9 in the south. "[Pat] Toomey and I have introduced a bill that passed unanimously out of the banking committee and is pending on the floor of the Senate to really ratchet down more on firms in China and elsewhere who are facilitating the North Koreans".

The second major flaw in the argument is that what is portrayed as limited in Washington, and among some armchair strategists supporting this course, will inevitably be seen in Pyongyang as a major assault on North Korean territory and its prized strategic assets.

The Games opening ceremony will also be attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other world leaders.

The U.S. plans to increase the pressure on North Korea, according to Vice-President Mike Pence on Wednesday.

Moscow has begun to send North Korean workers home as required by the UN Security Council resolution, the Russian envoy in Pyongyang said Wednesday, calling the ban a "blow" to the country's economy.

The North used the ship, the Mangyongbong 92, for similar purposes during the 2002 Asian Games in the South Korean port city of Busan.

North Korea mocked Trump as a "dolt" and saying he "cannot deodorize the nasty smell from his dirty body woven with frauds, sexual abuses and all other crimes".

Within hours, U.S., South Korean, and United Nations personnel returned with a massive convoy of military vehicles, attack helicopters, and soldiers trained in martial arts with axes.

Hwang, a member of the Presidium of the ruling party, was formerly ranked third in the North's hierarchy behind Kim Jong-un by the country's official media. "Given that North Korea would not easily give up its nuclear weapons program, I think the USA is seeking to continue its sanctions regime and put external pressure on North Korea to trigger democracy from within", he said.

Choe is subject to unilateral sanctions imposed by South Korea in 2016.

Currently, North Korea is only a few months away from obtaining the capability to hit USA with a nuclear weapon and must be controlled, a US envoy said on Tuesday, dismissing Pyonyang's diplomatic thaw with South Korea as a "charm offensive" that fooled no one.

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