How the United States can make North Korea back down

How the United States can make North Korea back down

North Korea's official KCNA news agency confirmed on Monday that Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, would attend the Olympics' opening ceremony on Friday in South Korea's alpine resort town of Pyeongchang.

The Russian Foreign Ministry did not issue a statement after the talks, but the two sides are believed to have exchanged their views on the recent development in inter-Korean relations and discussed ways to maintain bilateral cooperation amid United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

To be sure, economic sanctions need to be enforced and strengthened where necessary, but always with an extended hand in support of a peaceful solution for a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

North Korean media called the visit by defectors an "intolerable politically motivated provocation and tyrannical blackmail", the Japan Times notes.

"If Russia is truly enforcing UN Security Council resolutions and expelling North Korean workers I think that would initially be a positive sign", Lisa Collins, a Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Newsweek.

Addressing Trump's repeated threats to North Korea, the paper said that its country stood ready to fend off any potential attack.

US disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told the Geneva forum that North Korea was only months away from being able to hit American territory with a nuclear weapon and must be disarmed.

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But, Cha asks, "if we believe that Kim is undeterrable without such a strike, how can we also believe that a strike will deter him from responding in kind?"

Seoul's Unification Ministry said on Sunday Kim would lead a 22-strong delegation that was expected to arrive in South Korea on Friday for a three-day trip.

The commentary also served up a personal insult of the USA president, who grappled with a number of reported scandals during his campaign and after his election.

Trump lacks the "legal authority" necessary to launch a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea. In a report issued last Friday, the United States made the rather unexpected observation that China should not mistakenly conclude that any use of nuclear weapons, however limited, is acceptable.

The article bashing Trump, which appeared in North Korea's most widely circulated paper, connected Trump's recently increased interest in human rights in North Korea to rumblings out of the White House that he's planning military action. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claims North Korea, "doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language". " If other countries also follow suit and expel North Korean workers this could cumulatively have a large effect on the total amount of money that the North Korean regime earns overseas".

The second major flaw in the argument is that what is portrayed as limited in Washington, and among some armchair strategists supporting this course, will inevitably be seen in Pyongyang as a major assault on North Korean territory and its prized strategic assets.

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