Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Harry Sterling: Saner heads should prevail on North Korea

Harry Sterling: Saner heads should prevail on North Korea

Their effectiveness hinges largely on China, which accounts for 90% of trade with North Korea but is suspected of failing to enforce past United Nations measures.

"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly", said General Terrence J.

Bannon, who quickly returned to his role in charge of the right-wing Breitbart News, said there was no realistic way such action could be taken because of the large-scale bloodshed and devastation it would unleash on next-door South Korea, as well as on American military forces stationed in South Korea, Japan and Guam. "This complex mission clearly demonstrates our solidarity with our allies and underscores the broadening cooperation to defend against this common regional threat".

The United States, Japan, and South Korea are going to call for an worldwide embargo, which will block oil exports to North Korea, according to an August 30 report from Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei Asian Review.

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.

On Thursday, its official news agency, KCNA, denounced the military drills in traditionally robust fashion, calling them "the rash act of those taken aback" by the missile test, which it described as "the first military operation in the Pacific".

Japan, South Korea and China are ramping up military capabilities and devising increasingly risky and unconventional plans to counter the growing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea.

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A new round of negotiations with the bloc ended last week, but European Union officials no progress had been made and that they needed to address issues like the future relationship between Britain and the EU.

Mattis on Thursday explained to reporters he was answering the question that was asked, which was: "Are we out of diplomatic solutions for North Korea?" - and not a question about the president's tweet.

In his latest threat, Trump warned that "all options are on the table".

Considering its range, the Hwasong-14 missiles could potentially reach the continental U.S.

The Security Council demanded Pyongyang to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs "in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner" and immediately cease related activities. But the USA -drafted statement did not threaten new sanctions. Experts say Kim wants a real nuclear deterrent against the United States to ensure the survival of his government and likely believes that it will strengthen his negotiating position when North Korea returns to talks.

Relations on the Korean Peninsula have been strained since July 4 when North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which flew for 578 miles.

Some even fear Trump might deliberately provoke a military confrontation with North Korea to rally the American population around his faltering leadership.

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