The United States is contemplating on means of applying pressure on North Korea regarding its nuclear programme, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. However, through the state owned media, North Korea has warned the U.S. of what they termed as a “super-mighty pre-emptive strike” telling them not to “mess with us”.
The American president Donald Trump has adopted a hard-line stance with North Korea’s controversial leader, Kim Jong Un, who has repulsed reprimands from China – his country’s only key ally, and gone ahead with his missile and nuclear agenda. This is in contravention of the sanctions of the U.N. Security Council.
The isolated North Korea more often makes threats of demolishing South Korea, Japan and the U.S. and has shown no signs of dropping its hostile demeanour even after their unsuccessful missile test on Sunday, which came hot in the heels of a major exhibition of an assortment of missiles paraded in Pyongyang.
On Wednesday, Tillerson revealed to news reporters in Washington that the U.S. was reviewing every status of North Korea, regarding state sponsorship of terrorism and several other ways through which the regime in Pyongyang can be pressured to re-engage on a different level than in any past talks.
Mike Pence, The U.S. Vice President, has repeatedly said while on a tour of Asian partners that, the “era of strategic patience” With the Pyongyang regime is over.
The United States House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan has also hinted while on a visit to London, that a military alternative must be one of the options on the table to apply pressure on North Korea.
Referring to the defiant North Korean leader, he said, “Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilized nations can let happen.” He added that he felt optimistic by the outcome of concerted efforts to collaborate with China to mitigate tensions, but it was intolerable that North Korea might possibly have the ability to attack allies with nuclear weapons.
South and North Korea are technically deemed to be still at war since their 1950 – 1953 war never ended in a peace treaty but a truce.
In a meeting with top officials on Thursday, the South Korean acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn, severally told the security and military to remain vigilant.
According to the Defence Ministry, the United States and South Korean air forces were undertaking an annual training exercise. The exercise code named Max Thunder goes on till April 28. North Korea usually refers to such exercises as invasion preparations.
Powerful ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEM
On Wednesday, South Korean presidential candidates sharply differed in a TV debate, over the anticipated Terminal High altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to be supplied by the U.S.; a fact which has not gone down well with China. Moon Jae-in, the presidential front runner, came under sharp criticism for leaving his options open before the country’s elections on May 9.
Pence and Hwang, on Monday, reiterated their intention of going ahead with the THAAD mission, though the ultimate decision will be made by the next Korean president. But according to China, the anti-missile system’s potent radar system threatens her security.
North Korea issued a warning of a nuclear attack against the U.S. if they feel provoked. They claim to have developed a missile that is capable of striking the U.S.’s mainland. However, experts and officials think North Korea is far away from perfecting the requisite technology, which entails nuclear warhead miniaturizing.
Us, RUSSIA DISAGREE
On Wednesday, Russia and the U.S. differed at the United Nations, over a Security Council statement drafted by the United States to castigate North Korea’s recently unsuccessful ballistic missile tests. Diplomats intimate that China was in agreement with the statement. Such statements made by the council which consists of 15 members, have to be reached by consensus. Russia issued a statement requesting to be included.
There has been some uncertainty over the whereabouts of a group of U.S. aircraft carriers, after last week’s insinuation by President Trump that he had dispatched an “armada” as a warning shot to North Korea even though the ships were still a long distance from the Korean waters.
It would appear that, the belligerent posturing of the defiant republic of North Korea is far from over, if recent developments are anything to go by.