Facing the threat from North Korea: 5 essential reads

Geneva Matthews
August 4, 2017

We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula.

The US President had recently expressed disappointment that Beijing had not applied as much pressure as he would like or caused a change in North Korea's behaviour.

United States citizens will officially be barred from travelling to North Korea starting September 1.

South East Asian diplomatic sources told AFP that Tillerson had lobbied USA allies to exclude North Korea from the ASEAN regional forum, which meets to discuss Asia-Pacific security issues alongside ASEAN talks.

Trump has repeatedly called on China to rein in the communist state, accusing it of "doing nothing for us with North Korea, just talk" in a seething Twitter rant last week.

While claiming that "only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation", Tillerson once again voiced Washington's long-standing position that China should pressure its neighbor to halt its nuclear ambitions.

But he emphasized that the danger posed by Pyongyang, which test fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, was unacceptable as that forces Washington to respond.

In apparent attempt to reach out to supreme leader Kim Jong-un yesterday, he said: "We're not your enemy". South Korea in particular is taking steps, with support from the US, to defend itself against the threat.

Sanders said: "The president obviously has been very outspoken about how he feels about North Korea".

"Had there been an official point of contact between the USA government and North Korea ... his death, I think, could have been avoided", Lee offered, "because there would have been advanced communication about the state of health that he was in, and U.S. officials and his family could have been informed much earlier, and there could have been efforts to bring him back home". "We do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel", Tillerson said.

However, Mr Tillerson took a more diplomatic approach, saying that "only the North Koreans are to blame for this situation".

Trump has also spoken to its ally Japan over the latest North Korean missile test.

Thornton confirmed that Washington is seeking to further isolate Pyongyang, but admitted that there had not been time to convince its regional allies to update the guest list before the Manila talks. But we do believe China has a special and unique relationship because of this significant economic activity to influence the North Korean regime in ways that no one else can.

Republican foreign policy hawk Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump is ready to launch a devastating military strike if diplomacy fails to stop the nuclear missile threat.

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