Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Fmr. S. Korea Ambassador: The Solution to North Korea is China


North Korea failed in an attempt to launch a ballistic missile from its east coast two weeks ago.

The White House National Security Council has drawn up North Korea options for President Trump that involve killing the country's erratic dictator Kim Jong-un and reinserting USA nuclear weapons into South Korea.

The Chinese leader Xi Jinping is set to meet President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida later today.

Russian senators believe that the DPRK, by launching its missiles, forces the United States to conduct drills near North Korea's borders and deploy new air defense systems in the region. But in order to reel in more support from the Chinese, Hill suggests that the USA make it clear that it won't go after China for issues concerning trade or Tibet.

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Around 2,000 forces from American and South Korean military units will hold the drills, in which combat helicopters, armored vehicles and multiple-launch rocket systems from both sides will be used. Days before the 2013 inauguration of South Korea's then-President Park Geun-hye, the North conducted its third nuclear test, making world headlines again and inviting toughened United Nations sanctions. The DPRK launched a ballistic missile at dawn on Wednesday, April 5, RIA Novosti reports.

Still, military exercises and simulations focused on North Korea have been getting larger and more complex in recent years.

North Korea's state media have said the world will soon witness what they called "eventful successes" in the country's space development.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry called the North's latest missile launch a "reckless provocation" that posed a threat to global peace, while Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said his country lodged a strong protest over the launch.

Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at Sejong Institute outside Seoul, said that could come in the form of another nuclear or ICBM test after the summit.

Citing a high-ranking government official, Yonhap said the South's missile with a range of 800 kilometers (500 miles) could serve as a strong deterrent to Pyongyang.

The firing was made as South Korean and USA troops were conducting their springtime drills that the North views as an invasion rehearsal.

In a terse statement, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: "The United States has spoken enough about North Korea".

If confirmed, the test risks raising tensions with China, which protested against South Korea's recent move to allow the U.S. to install an anti-missile system on its territory.

Trump wants China to do more to exert its economic influence over unpredictable Pyongyang to restrain its nuclear and missile programs, while Beijing has said it does not have that kind of influence. The general security of military information agreement (GSOMIA) was widely seen as a breakthrough between the historical rivals and USA allies amid the North's saber rattling.

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