Japan's Abe says time for talk is over on North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

If the USA is "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea", he said.

The idea of shooting down a missile even if it is not a direct threat is not new. Mr Trump also called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket man".

The Trump administration has been pushing countries to sever relations with the regime, including Vice President Mike Pence, who brought it up during his trip to Latin America last month.

The Japanese spokesperson also referred to the US President's mention of the abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.

South Korea officially played them down, while some politicians anxious that Trump's words signaled a loss of influence for Seoul.

"Denouncing a deal that all other parties are upholding will certainly not make the North Koreans any more disposed toward striking a deal with the United States over their nuclear program", he said.

He said that the world should wait for sanctions to bite, but "visions and courageous steps" are highly needed.

China's Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily has reportedly criticized, on September 18, the United States for demanding that Beijing should put more pressure on North Korea.

North Korea, a master of tough talk, often resorts to colorful Korean proverbs in its propaganda at home or in its diatribes against its external enemies.

There are no good solutions to the threat posed by North Korea, and there never have been.

President Moon Jae-in said Mr Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly yesterday "portrayed a firm and specific stance" on the rogue state - and demonstrated "how seriously" the U.S. viewed the threat posed by the authoritarian regime.

"It will play on a continuous loop on North Korean national television" as proof that Pyongyang needs an effective deterrent against what it views as American aggression.

"I am against such threats", said Merkel, who has been openly critical of Trump in the runup to Germany's election on Sunday.

Trump called the U.N. -backed Iran nuclear deal "an embarrassment" to the United States and suggested it was one of the worst global pacts ever struck.

Since its fourth nuclear test a month later, North Korea has conducted two more nuclear tests and flight-tested a slew of new missile systems, including developmental ICBMs that could potentially reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.

North Korea's regular weapons tests are an attempt to create an arsenal of nuclear missiles that can threaten US troops throughout Asia and the USA mainland.

Trump's U.N. speech came days after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis created unease in South Korea by saying without elaboration that the United States has military options against North Korea that wouldn't involve the destruction of Seoul. "In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third time?" he said.

Abe said diplomatic attempts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear aspirations have failed over two decades.

Rhetoric that isn't followed by action will eventually undermine the USA image internationally.

If the goal of Trump's apocalyptic language is to bring the North Koreans to the negotiating table, his piecemeal approach to diplomacy is likely to be working against him, said Mira Rapp-Hooper, senior research scholar at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.

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