Trump Considers 'Pretty Severe Things' In Response To North Korea

Posted July 06, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump says he's considering some "very severe things" to respond to North Korea's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The launch sends a political warning to Washington and its chief Asian allies, Seoul and Tokyo, while also allowing North Korean scientists a chance to flawless their still-incomplete nuclear missile program. What he hasn't grasped is that a solution will eventually require direct dialogue with the North.

Trump is set to give what is being billed as a major speech there later today. Faced with the test launch of a North Korean ICBM, which is being called a "game changer", the Trump administration will have to ask some big questions about its North Korean policy moving forward, the United States media reported.

Many experts also believe that China is reluctant to try the kind of prolonged oil embargo that could really pressure Kim because of a fear it could collapse his regime and ignite a chaotic situation on the peninsula.

Russian Federation condemned North Korea's actions but told the Security Council that it opposes further sanctions or any military force against Pyongyang.

Meanwhile, South Korean and American Marines are staging a "combined tactics" practice as part of their regular Korea Marine Exercise Program (KMEP). There is now talk of Washington moving on steel tariffs, which would be aimed partly at China.

Mrs May will say it is essential the global community is united in finding a peaceful solution "to the ongoing threat North Korea poses to worldwide security", according to a senior Government official. The next day, he seemed requited to the facts: "Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40% in the first quarter". In a sign that neither leader wants to escalate tensions, Trump called Xi on Sunday to discuss North Korea, and Xi accepted the call.

Still, Haley hinted, the missile success had presented the US and its allies with a clear and present danger.

Asked directly if North Korea's actions are beyond redemption and if he's ready to launch military action, the president wouldn't signal what actions he might take but said that "something" will have to happen.

Speaking through the state KCNA news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the ICBM test completed his country's strategic weapons capability that also includes atomic and hydrogen bombs.

Since he entered the White House, Trump has talked about confronting Pyongyang and pushing China to increase pressure on the North, but neither strategy has produced fast results.

Haley told the 15-member UN Security Council that the United States will soon present a new resolution calling for further sanctions on North Korea. Warmbier died June 19 after being returned home in a coma.

The US has already blacklisted one Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea and is penalising a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese individuals accused of facilitating illegal activities by the North. The second option is tightening sanctions against North Korea.

The lack of a clear plan from the new administration leaves Moon, a former human rights lawyer in office since May, in danger of playing a lesser role over his reclusive, nuclear-armed neighbour.

The unusually blunt statement by Gen. Vincent Brooks was released after the USA and South Korean militaries fired off a volley of missiles simulating a precision strike against the North Korean leadership.

Another option for Trump - actually talking to the North Koreans - has been tried before, and is problematic, since Pyongyang has in the past agreed to nuclear freezes and walked away from the deal.