Japan's Abe Calls For Enforcement of Sanctions Against North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

"The development of this scenario could lead to very dire consequences as the North Korean authorities would realize all possibilities they have in their possession", Kosachev warned.

North Korea's goal is reaching "equilibrium" of military force with the United States, its state agency said early Saturday local time.

The flight was to "demonstrate the deterrence capability of the U.S".

"South Korea's decision to send humanitarian aid to North Korea is nothing different from sending medication for casualties to an enemy country", said North Korean defector and analyst Ahn Chan-il with the World Institute for North Korean Studies in Seoul.

Pyongyang now believes - correctly or not - that, by acquiring the ability to carry out a nuclear strike against the USA, it has taken a crucial step toward assuring its own survival. Equally disturbing is the rhetoric of North Korea that is threatening to destroy Japan. And while it is unlikely to give it away for nothing, it may be willing to trade it for some sort of security guarantee, or some form of payment, whether in food or energy. Therefore, not surprisingly, Japan doesn't want to see any weaknesses in the chain of pressure being put on North Korea.

North Korea, meanwhile, said the latest round of United Nations sanctions imposed upon it represent "the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility" and are an attempt to "physically exterminate the people" living in the Stalinist autocracy.

However, the consciousness of Moon is that malnourished children in North Korea -and others on the margins of society that need essential medicine and vaccines - need economic and health support.

He said the US should "find an effective way to resume dialogue and negotiation".

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated recently after US President Donald Trump threatened to deal with the DPRK with "fire and fury" last month.

President Trump has even said, Goldstein notes, that "he would sit down and have a burger with Kim". "We should engage in meaningful negotiations", he told reporters after the consultations.

North Korea's actions are an outright challenge to the global community.

Independent analyst Zhao Chu, meanwhile, is less sanguine about the prospect of talking Pyongyang out of its nukes.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also said in comments reported Monday by the Bild daily that the world should wait for the sanctions to bite, but that "visions and courageous steps" such as direct negotiations with North Korea are also needed.

But Beijing will not implement sanctions so severe that they cripple Pyongyang, Zhao says. In other words, the authoritarian nature of North Korea and its ongoing militarization of weapons of mass destruction should not mean that South Korea abandons the innocents.

The United States and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.

In its effort to punish Kim Jong Un for his continued defiance - repeated missile launches, a huge nuclear test - the United States has been leading a push to cut off oil to the isolated state. Conversely, Beijing would rather have a stable, nuclear-armed neighbor than a nuclear-free but hostile regime on its doorstep.

In his latest Twitter outburst against North Korea, President Trump said that "long gas lines [are] forming in North Korea", adding an exclamatory "Too bad!" "Because they had no better options".

Ultimately the only possible solution, according to many is to accept the nuclear capacity of Pyongyang and live with it.

How could North Korea relentlessly pursue missile development and nuclear tests over nearly half a century?

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