Missile strike on North Korea an unlikely response to aggression

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 11, 2017

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised Donald Trump on Saturday after a meeting the president organized with Asian allies at the G-20 Summit, while also noting the severity of the threat North Korea poses on the global stage.

Speaking to reporters later on Air Force One, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump-Xi meeting lasted over an hour-and-a-half, and they had "substantive discussions" about how to deal with North Korea together.

According to North Korean media, the intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea Thursday, reached an altitude of 2,802 km, and was theoretically capable of reaching Alaska.

However, the United States president took a more cautious stance at the Hamburg summit saying that the issue with North Korea "may take longer" than expected, but "there will be success in the end one way or the other".

Details of the meeting are sparse, but it most likely focused heavily on trade relations and the North Korean question. But the fact that there was no US-China clash was at least as important.

China supported the new South Korean government's efforts to restart dialogue and contacts with North Korea, Xi Jinping said.

At a leaders' summit in Moscow on Tuesday, China and Russian Federation made a so-called "freeze-for-freeze" proposal - for the United States to suspend military exercises in South Korea in exchange for North Korea freezing its missile tests - in a bid to defuse escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula after the missile test. Trump's extensive slate of meetings with Abe, Xi, British Prime Minister Theresa May and others came on the final day of the annual Group of 20 (G20) summit, which has been marked by violent demonstrations by antiglobalization activists.

Cohn said there wasn't a "contentious" discussion in Hamburg about the USA decision to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate accord, which was announced days after the G-7 meeting concluded.

In the meantime, Beijing will not change its tone from one of diplomacy to punishment, as North Korea "wants to talk to the United States directly", Zhou said.

"Something has to be done about it", Trump said as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

It also said China would participate in the 2018 Rim of the Pacific military exercises, a biennial event known as the world's largest worldwide maritime military exercise. And while Trump's Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis, says the USA would prevail, he believes it would be "a catastrophic war".

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the bombers then flew west, hugging the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) border between the two Koreas, before leaving South Korean airspace. With further testing, they say, North Korea will achieve even longer ranges.

May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump at the White House and he told her he would soon "be going to London" once details were worked out.

"All eyes were on Trump and Putin". In a written statement, she said reports of Trump's meeting with the Russian leader "leave the American people asking why the president continues to fawn over Putin instead of standing up for the integrity of America's democracy".

Trump has also slammed the global power on climate policy, as well.

Trump returned to Washington last Saturday evening after the conclusion of the annual G20 meetings.

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