Japan hopes new North Korea sanctions proposal ready in days

03 August, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • US military options against North Korea come at a price

Pence implied the US will continue applying intense pressure on North Korea, until it forfeits its nuclear and missile programs.

While the USA should remain open to foreign investment, the security threat posed by China's continued trade arrangements with North Korea justifies suspending approval of all CFIUS covered transactions where Chinese entities could gain a controlling interest.

The White House is noticeably frustrated with China's response. "They do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk".

"While we will continue to seek global cooperation on North Korea, the United States is sending an emphatic message across the globe that we will not hesitate to take action against persons, companies, and financial institutions who enable this regime", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a June 29 statement on the earlier round of sanctions, clearly alluding to China. Xinhua's editorial pointed that out, saying taming North Korea is not China's responsibility and the United States should not "stab China in the back".

North Korea's unrelenting pursuit of its missile and nuclear programmes poses a thorny policy challenge for Trump, who is at loggerheads with Beijing over how to handle Kim's regime.


The official said that while North Korea can now get a missile "off the ground", a lot of undetermined variables remain about guidance, reentry and the ability to hit a specific target.

China is the North's biggest trade partner and food and fuel aid source.

While the USA would undoubtedly emerge victorious in a major military conflict with North Korea, any option that calls for a preemptive strike would likely result in a reciprocal attack by Pyongyang on South Korea that would inflict serious casualties and risk the lives of thousands including USA troops stationed there.

"International society, including Russian Federation and China, need to take this seriously and increase pressure", Abe said.

"Pyongyang is determined to develop its nuclear and missile program and does not care about military threats from the US and South Korea", state-run Chinese tabloid the Global Times said on Monday. One of the options is reported to be Washington's commitment to withdraw most of its troops from the Korean peninsula in the case that the North Korean regime collapses.

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