Trump says hopes to avoid use of military action on North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends the National Security Council meeting in Seoul South Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends the National Security Council meeting in Seoul South Korea

The British and the U.S. neocons view the North Korea crisis as a way of justifying the economic and military encirclement of China for which reason they do not genuinely seek a solution to the issue, a political analyst says.

"Any new actions taken by the worldwide community against the DPRK should serve the objective of curbing the DPRK's nuclear and missile programmes, while at the same time be conducive to restarting dialogue and consultation", he said, referring to North Korea by the initials of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Instead, the U.S. must now focus on diplomatic means to prevent North Korea from completing the development of a deliverable miniaturized nuclear warhead on an ICBM, which would put the USA and its allies at an unacceptable risk.

After years of incrementally tougher sanctions against North Korea, the United Nations is now weighing additional steps.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier said it was too early to talk about a vote at the Security Council on new North Korea sanctions, insisting any pressure should be balanced against restarting talks.

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"China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten United States soil first and the USA retaliates, China will stay neutral".

Global Times, a Chinese state-run tabloid that often expresses nationalistic views, suggested in April that Beijing might cut off North Korea's oil supply if it carried out another nuclear test.

South Korea is seeking to develop a ballistic "Frankenmissile" that would reach North Korea and be powerful enough to destroy the entire country alongside its underground military facilities and command centres, the Korea Herald reported. It didn't give details about the antimissile systems used in the drill, but noted they were displayed in a massive military parade recently overseen by president Xi Jinping.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to the staff at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara Turkey
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to the staff at the US Embassy in Ankara Turkey

Tillerson has gone so far as to directly address North Korea, and offer assurances that the United States does not plan to invade. Instead, the Trump administration pushed for additional sanctions, which North Korean leaders anticipated and have managed to live with for decades.

He warned last month that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it continues to make threats.

"We'll see what happens". Trump obviously hopes to pressure South Korea into going along with a revision of the agreement that is slanted heavily in the US's favor.

The conflicting messages emerging from the White House, the lack of coordination with the Department of Defense and the absence of effective diplomacy point to a total lack of a coherent United States strategy to deal with North Korea.

However, Byrne and Kimball agree on this point: The strategic intent behind North Korea's provocations is, to drive a wedge between the United States and South Korea.

In addition to restricting the North's access to crude oil, refined petroleum and natural gas liquids, the draft document obtained by the Nikkei Asian Review also includes a ban on textile exports.

Oh Joon, a former South Korean ambassador to the United Nations, said a suspension of oil imports would be "fatal" to the North. "He's just a great guy", he said after a 2013 visit with the murderous nutjob - who has had members of his own family executed.

"Our commitment to our Japanese and South Korean allies has been steadfast", Hooper said Wednesday at a defense industry conference in Washington, D.C.

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