Korean Tension: Military Option Underway?

North Korea launched series of ballistic missiles in the last year. Photo: North Korea state-run KCNA
North Korea launched series of ballistic missiles in the last year. Photo: North Korea state-run KCNA

North Korea Launched 2nd Ballistic Missile over Japan. The U.S. says, ‘There is a military option.’

It is now apparent after the second ballistic missile launch over Japan, North Korea is reluctant to de-escalate the tension. Amid fierce international outcry to halt the nuclear programs, North Korea launched another missile over Japan within weeks.

The UN Security Council imposed the hardest sanctions ever on North Korea to force North Korea’s nuclear pursuit. But North Korea has rather declared to seek ‘equilibrium’.

The key players in the ongoing Korean tensions have expressed their worries and concerns after the latest North Korean move.

Speaking from Joint Base Andrews, the U.S. President Donald Trump said, North Korea had “once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and the entire world community.” He is “more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming.”

The North Korean ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim said, “We should clearly show the big power chauvinists how our state attains the goal of completing its nuclear force despite their limitless sanctions and blockade.”

Kim wants “to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about a military option for the DPRK,” North Korean state-run KCNA reported.

So, Military Option on the Table?

The US Secretary of State Mr. Tillerson has urged Russia and China to “indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own”.

HR McMaster, the US national security advisor said, “We have been kicking the can down the road and we’re out of road. For those who have been commenting about the lack of a military option – there is a military option. Now, it’s not what we prefer to do, so what we have to do is call on all nations to do everything we can to address this global problem, short of war.”

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said, “What we are seeing is, they are continuing to be provocative, they are continuing to be reckless and at that point there’s not a whole lot the Security Council is going to be able to do from here, when you’ve cut 90% of the trade and 30% of the oil.”

China: Kim Seeks Military ‘Equilibrium’ with the US

Meanwhile the Chinese ambassador the US, Cui Tiankai said, “Honestly, I think the United States should be doing… much more than now so that there’s real effective international co-operation on this issue. They should refrain from issuing more threats. They should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation.”  Cui said Kim wants to military “equilibrium” with the US.

Meanwhile, in Beijing, the spokeswoman for the foreign ministry of China Hua Chunying said, “China is not to blame for the escalation of tensions. China does not hold the key to resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, either. Those who tied the knots are responsible for untying.”

What says Russia?

Russia wants ‘meaningful diplomatic negotiations.’

Vasiliy Nebenzia, the Russian ambassador to the UN said, “We think that threats, tests, launches, and mutual threats, in fact, should be stopped and that we should engage in meaningful negotiations… We called on our US partners and others to implement political and diplomatic solutions that are provided for in the resolution… Without implementing this, we also will consider it as a non-compliance with the resolution.”

Is the US ready for talks?

No. The US doesn’t seek talks now.

After the press asked a White House spokesman about a possible talk with the North Korea regime, he said: “As the president and his national security team have repeatedly said, now is not the time to talk to North Korea.”

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