US Democratic Lawmakers Rebuke Trump North Korea Rhetoric

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 24, 2017

He said diplomacy was "the most important starting point" in response to the North's threat, when asked what actions by North Korea might trigger a preemptive U.S. strike against it.

With the exercises continuing yesterday, North Korea upped its rhetoric, saying it would be a misjudgment for the USA to think that Pyongyang would "sit comfortably without doing anything", the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing an unidentified military spokesman.

North Korea hasn't conducted any "missile launches or provocative acts" since the UN Security Council voted on stronger sanctions against the regime on August 5th.

"We are taking actions consistent with United Nations sanctions to show that there are consequences for defying sanctions and providing support to North Korea, and to deter this activity in the future", he said.

The video, which was first spotted by South Korean news agency Yonhap, was uploaded by North Korea's propaganda website Uriminzokkiri over the weekend, ahead of the joint US-South Korean Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) military drills, which kicked off on Monday.

The Trump administration's emphasis on exercising a possible military option to prevent North Korea from developing a nuclear inter-continental ballistic missile has raised concerns in the region that the United States might initiate a catastrophic conflict on the Korean Peninsula that could kill millions of people living near the border region of South Korea in a matter of days. Cha Sang-mi, Arirang News. Impoverished North Korea hates the annual drills in part because they force it to respond with expensive military measures of its own.

China is also pressuring its iron ore traders to stop buying the commodity from North Korea, tightening the screws on Kim Jong-un.

According to a report this week by one of Seoul's largest newspapers, a South Korean intelligence official claims North Korea has developed cluster bombs that can be armed with chemical-weapon projectiles. North Korea has not launched any missiles since two July tests.

On Tuesday, Sputnik talked with the charge d'affaires of the North Korean embassy in Russia, Jong Hyop, who said that North Korea is closely following the joint drills and is "ready to launch a preventive attack in case of provocation".

However, there are signs of an easing of the stand off with North Korea ln the light of Mr Trump's comments and the absence of the usual anti-US rhetoric by Pyongyang.

Number one on that list should be an offer to curtail the military exercises that began in late August and will pick up again-with a far greater number of troops-next spring.

The data indicates that China's move to halt North Korean coal imports in February has crimped Pyongyang's ability to raise hard currency through exports. "We hope that this is the beginning of this signal that we've been looking for that they are ready to restrain their level of tensions, they're ready to restrain their provocative acts, and that perhaps we are seeing our pathway to sometime in the near future having some dialogue".

The United States and South Korea are watching North Korea carefully for any signs of provocations as USA and South Korean militaries began joint war games on Monday that are held every summer and always infuriate Pyongyang.

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