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US dismisses China’s suggestions to tackle North Korea’s threats

North Korea has been arming itself massively for Nuclear War and the provocative developments of test firing missiles of high intensity  and long range having the capability to strike US ,US bases in the East Asia and the allies is threatening the stability in the Korean Peninsula.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his inaugural visit to East Asia has announced the termination of “strategic patience” policy with North Korea.This  policy was based on maintaining sanctions against Pyongyang  for  halting their  nuclear ambitions .Kim Jong Un after taking power in March 2014 pushed tensions to extraordinary levels  by conducting over 150 missile,rocket and artillery tests  with threats of nuclear strikes against Seoul and Washington to deter regular US-South Korea joint military drills.

 

Recently in March 2017 Kim simultaneously test-fired four missiles in the direction of Japan towards the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni in Japan stating that Pyongyang was testing its capacity “to strike the bases of the US imperialist aggressor  forces in Japan.”

 

During his trip Trump’s top diplomat Tillerson promised to follow a “new approach” to deal with North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear threat but did not elaborate on the details of what this new approach would entail  but he however clarified  all options are on the table  including possible pre-emptive strike  and negotiations are no longer an option.

 

On reaching Tokyo,Tillerson reassured Japan of protecting it against any aggression and stated that efforts over the past 20 years to halt North Korea’s nuclear development had failed.In China, Tillerson dismissed Chinese suggestions of resuming long abandoned six-party talks on Pyongyang  and also declined  to stop Washington-Seoul joint military exercises.

 

Referring the tensions in Korean peninsula  to a “dangerous level”, Tillerson advised China to give up its opposition to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile  which is being deployed in Seoul.

Trump is not inclined to continue financial aid to North Korea because America has invested $1.3 billion since 1995 but got nothing in return.The continued provocations of North Korea would likely bring US, China , South Korea closer to each other for maintaining the stability in the region and they may  negotiate some interim agreement  that freezes North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs in return for lifting some economic sanctions .

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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