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25 Apr 2017

North Korea, a new target for Trump

A dictator ready to launch an ICBM missile, a president that believes in his country’s revival of hegemony and thousands of troops, ready to push the trigger could have been a Hollywood movie scenario. Unfortunately, this is the real-life situation between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and the US president Donald Trump.

President Trump has invited the whole Senate to the White House for a briefing on the North Korea situation. With this rather unusual meeting, the US administration wants to point out how it much important it considers the situation in the Korean peninsula. On Monday, president Trump met with ambassadors from the UN Security Council member states to discuss the developments. “The status quo in North Korea is unacceptable and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. North Korea is a big world problem, and it’s a problem we have to finally solve,” said Trump showing his resolve in dealing with the pariah country.

A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said that such meetings are proofs of the US pressure, which could lead to a full-scale war. A statement issued by the North Korean state media said that “the reality again proves the decision to strengthen nuclear power in quality and quantity under the banner of pursuing economic development and nuclear power was the right one.”

Some days ago, the US president ordered the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to head to the Korean peninsula. The group was joined by two Japanese destroyers and South Korean military ships to conduct military exercises. In response to the deployment, the state North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun wrote that the military is ready to sink the aircraft carrier with a single strike.

The US Navy defied the threats and ordered the guided missile submarine USS Michigan to make a port call in the Busan harbour, one of the most important in South Korea. Fear has risen in South Korea that its northern neighbour could conduct a nuclear test or launch a long-range missile, defying the UN sanctions, to mark the anniversary of the founding of its military. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador in the UN, said that her country will not take any precautionary action. However, she stated that if there will be a provocation, the US will act accordingly. “If you see him (Kim Jong Un) attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously, we are going to do something about it. Right now, we just urge him to not use or test nuclear missiles, to not take any other actions, and I think he is understanding that.”

Earlier on Tuesday, North Korea staged a large-scale artillery drill on the east coast of the country. Analysts said that the drill is a message to Seoul, reminding to the South Korean government that the vast majority of its population is within firing artillery range.