China says upholds United Nations sanctions as North Korea trade rises

Carla Harmon
July 16, 2017

We also increased resources for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program, an interceptor system that guards our country against ballistic missile attacks.

"North Korea, one of the world's worst human rights abusers, is continuing to expand its nuclear and ballistic missile threats against the American homeland and our allies", said Rubio.

Ri Sol-Ju was photographed by the North Korean leader's side during a banquet in Pyongyang paying tribute to the developers of the recently launched missile. "A pre-emptive US attack would very likely fail to wipe out North Korea's arsenal, because some of the North's facilities are deep in mountain caves or underground and many of its missiles are hidden on mobile launchers". We have much to learn from confidence-building measures adopted during the Cold War to diminish risks of nuclear annihilation from needless provocation and accidental war.


Haneul Na'avi, contributing writer on political economy and geopolitics for The Duran, and Edwin Chen, Activist focusing on the Asian Holocaust of World War II commented on the issue. While there are no easy options, our country must do more to deter the Kim regime.

The North's state-run Rodong newspaper accused Washington and Seoul of ratcheting up tensions with the drill, in an editorial titled "Don't play with fire on a powder keg".

This week, North Korean state television claimed that they would "turn the USA into a pile of ash" if Trump used military force to contain their nuclear program, the latest in a series of similar threats against Washington and Seoul.


In response, the newly proposed legislation would block all transactions that occur on the behalf of the North Korean government or its associates. They might even overthrow Kim Jong-un and choose more responsible leadership.

China says its trade with North Korea rose in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period the year before.

For decades, USA policy has been predicated on the idea that the North Korean regime is about to collapse. However, the stories of abuse, terror, and inhumanity came home to America with the return and subsequent passing of Otto Warmbier, an American student whom North Korea unjustly imprisoned. But more importantly, Trump's concern is backed by experts who say North Korea is far ahead of their schedule in weapons development. The worst case scenario, however, would be one in which North Korea retaliates against US forces in the region, and probably against civilians in South Korea and Japan. North Korea would fire on all cylinders, utilizing 100% of their capabilities, regardless of how limited or measured the United States' actions may be.


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