Trump does not rule out military action against North Korea

Trump does not rule out military action against North Korea

The U.S. needs both to put the squeeze on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The post How South Koreans are responding to pressure on North Korea from Trump appeared first on PBS NewsHour. Haley did not spell out what measures Washington was seeking, but diplomats said it could target oil supplies to North Korea - potentially dealing a major blow to its economy.

That doesn't work. So now Trump is poised to take unilateral action that likely would be opposed by North Korea's powerful neighbors, China and Russian Federation, and could bring catastrophic consequences for South Korea and Japan.

Pointing to the history of Washington's failures to live up to its commitments, the analyst said North Korea halted its nuclear program for over a decade back in the 1990s when the United States agreed to scale back its hostility, military exercises and militarization of South Korea, but America violated the agreement.

Merkel is widely seen in Germany as a safe pair of hands at a time of global uncertainty such as the North Korea crisis, Britain's looming departure from the European Union and Donald Trump's presidency in the United States.

The phone call comes on the heels of Trump and his administration's stern warnings to North Korea that further threats would be met with military force, including with a possible nuclear strike.

"Military action would certainly be an option".

US President Donald Trump has urged China to do more to rein in its neighbour, which has pursued its weapons programmes in defiance of United Nations sanctions and worldwide condemnation.

In the wake of this discovery, relations with North Korea have changed for the United States and many other countries. Officials say they are determined to keep the site clear of protesters to allow the USA to quickly install the additional launchers.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a bilateral meeting here Wednesday for discussions largely expected to focus on how to deal with North Korea and its latest nuclear provocation.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Jean Lee ran the Associated Press's bureau in North Korea and is now a fellow at the Wilson Center in Seoul, South Korea.

US officials say such restrictions could have a major impact on North Korea's military and industrial economy as it lacks its own oil resources.

"President Trump and President Xi committed to strengthen coordination and take further action with the goal of achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the statement went on to say.

South Korea's acting deputy minister of defense policy informed parliament on Monday that there are signs of more aggressive missile launches by #North Korea.

Two launchers have been operational at the site since May, CNN reported. China has also been strongly against the deployment, arguing that the battery's presence undermines its security interests in the region.

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