Seoul warns United States against unilateral military action on N Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

Are they patriotic citizens at a time when North Korea could fire missiles to the South?

"North Korea uses these actions to coerce the United States to make decisions that it may not be ready for", said Lisa Collins, a fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

North Korea will undoubtedly dominate all discussion. Moon released his bold Berlin Declaration on July 6, two days after North Korea tested its first ICBM.

As an unincorporated USA territory, citizens of Guam can not vote in general elections.

But Mattis told reporters that war could break out if North Korea were to fire a missile at the United States.

"Moon's speech speaks to his frustration, and his nation's wider frustration - and that is the perennial problem that they are not masters of their own destiny when it comes to North Korean geopolitics", said Euan Graham, a director at the Lowy Institute in Sydney.

The latest tension between the USA and North Korea has grown has been sparked by worries that the North's nuclear weapons programme is nearing the ability to target the United States mainland.

Many also were angered when President Donald Trump said in April that he would make South Korea pay $1 billion for THAAD, although US officials moved quickly to reassure Seoul that wouldn't happen.

Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that U.S. And America's President would need to behave less like his North Korean counterpart and more like a responsible leader.

Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the United States mainland.

"North Korea is looking carefully at what the USA is doing", he said. Beijing is reluctant to put so much pressure on the regime that it risks collapse, in part to avoid a scenario that could lead to a unified Korea and push USA troops right up to China's border. The U.S. and its allies warned Kim against such a move, and Japan deployed four Patriot missile interceptors into the western part of the country.

But Gen. Joseph Dunford, speaking in Seoul, just 30 miles south of the border with North Korea, stressed that diplomacy and sanctions were the first plan of attack.

"Nobody really deserves to be caught in the middle of these games", said Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, an activist who campaigns for a lowered military presence. "He conveyed the US's readiness to use the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies and USA homeland", Manning added.

In South Korea, where both the military and civilians are used to facing threats from North Korea, Defense Minister Song Young-moo warned the country's armed forces "to maintain full readiness" to "immediately punish with powerful force" any action against the South.

Dr Graham said the rhetoric was North Korea's way of trying to have a conversation because it knew no other way to communicate.

But Kim stated he would watch the "foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" a little more before deciding whether to give an order for the missile test.

By talking to the North Korean regime about something Washington and Pyongyang are both concerned about - China - the Trump administration could reset the chess board.

"What matters is that if a second conflict (on the peninsula) erupts, that can not help but lead to a nuclear war", the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary.

Because there are no good options, the most likely outcome of this crisis will be an eventual United States policy drift toward a de facto recognition of North Korean nukes and a policy of containment similar in some ways to that once used on the USSR.

Ukraine denied on Monday that it had supplied defence technology to North Korea, responding to an article in the New York Times that said North Korea may have purchased rocket engines from Ukrainian factory Yuzhmash.

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