North Korea’s growing influence as a nuclear power in the peninsula has been a matter of urgent concern to South Korea, the US, Russia and the continent’s mouthpiece, China. But Pyongyang is hell-bent on reaching its military targets at all costs.
Image shows North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un (Right).
Xi Jinping’s government understands the imminent danger posed by its ally’s excessive love for nuclear programs, and the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warns that an immediate action is necessary to clip Kim Jong Un’s wings.
In line with Tillerson’s balance-of-power measures, the US sent an aircraft carrier strike group toward the Korean Peninsula last April. The event was considered by political analysts and military strategists as a provocative act but a necessary evil.
Speaking at a CBS interview, “Face the Nation” program, Tillerson made it clear that Donald Trump’s government will take a decisive action against the North, if America is provoked.
Image: Rex Tillerson
Although Tillerson’s comments in Seoul didn’t specify the exact course of military action which Kim’s government would likely battle with, he emphasized concerns that China’s policy of “don’t ask — don’t act” has to change after the Xi-Trump’s landmark meeting in the US.
“I think even China is beginning to recognize that this presents a threat to even China’s interests,” Tillerson said with reference to his earlier accusation that Xi’s government isn’t doing enough in the North Korea situation.
The 65-year-old continued: “President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken.”
Admiral Harry Harris, a top US Navy commander called for all hands to be on deck, in the fight against a “radical” North Korea.
Harris described Kim’s nuclear warheads construction as a situation which deserves every “sense of urgency,” stressing that both allies — China and Russia — aren’t completely safe from the looming danger.
Despite all economic and military sanctions against Pyongyang, the country successfully launched what has been described as its longest-range ballistic missile on Sunday.
Speaking during a visit to Seoul, Harris, who heads the Pacific Command, said North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test and its skyrocketing status as a prominent power in nuclear weapons development, calls for a quick action.
Image: Admiral Harry Harris
Kim’s military made claims on Sunday that their latest missile test was capable of hitting the US mainland.
“In every test he (Kim) makes, it’s a success because it takes North Korea one step closer to be able to deliver a nuclear-tipped missile anywhere in the world,” Harris said in awe of Pyongyang’s military achievement and resilience.
“I must assume Kim Jong-Un’s claims are the truth, because I know his aspirations certainly are… That should provide all of us with a sense of urgency to address this problem now,” he added.
Mr. Trump said last April that he was “very impressed with President Xi,” after both presidents met. “I think he means well and he wants to help. We’ll see if he does.”
Although there has been an air of suspicion between China and the US over the years, critics believe Xi’s country is double-dealing at the expense of global security needs.
“China’s position on the Korean Peninsula issue has been consistent,” said China’s spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs after Xi visited Trump in the US.
“During the China-US presidential summit at Mar-a-Lago, both sides said they were committed to the goal of denuclearizing the peninsula, would continue to comprehensively carry out UN Security Council resolutions related to North Korea, and agreed to keep close communication and coordination on the issue.”
Reuters quotes South Korean President Moon Jae-in as saying in a statement on Wednesday that “there’s a high possibility” of war with North Korea as its evident that extreme situations demand extreme measures.
“The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL (Northern Limit Line) and military demarcation line,” Mr. Moon said as Kim’s government has rejected calls from the US to halt its nuclear programs, even against efforts from their closest ally, China.
Earlier this month, North Korea sent a word of advise to Xi Jinping’s government, saying, “China should no longer try to test the limits of the DPRK’s patience.”
According to a Fox News report, the commentary from state-run Korean Central News Agency continued: “China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations.”
A word is enough for the wise, and the world knows Kim Jong Un as the most daring of all dictators alive. How China, the US and Russia will curb his excesses remains a surmountable task to be defeated.