North Korea: China urges Trump not to worsen situation

13 Août, 2017, 16:33 | Auteur: Phil Beauvilliers
  • Commentary                | 11 August 2017                        Fire and fury signifying nothing

Trump's remarks came hours after North Korea said it was finalizing a plan to launch four ballistic missiles to the waters off the shores of the U.S. territory of Guam, Pyongyang's latest provocation in the war of words between it and Washington.

Earlier this week, France had praised Trump's "determination" in standing up to Pyongyang. This is between you and I, but you don't talk like they talk. This is before a building phase that will provide some 7,500 construction jobs at the LNG plant, and 5,000-plus on the pipeline and upstream. And no one does crazy like Trump. On his watch, the U.S. discovered Pyongyang had a secret uranium enrichment program, in violation of the spirit of Clinton's deal.

A White House statement on the phone call did not mention the apparent plea to the US president. "Listen to the news". Yet many combine their fear with faith in the "great leader". Tourism-dependent Guam is looking to cash in on its newfound fame as a North Korean target, tapping an unlikely promotional opportunity to attract visitors. Together these three factors provide for a high level of discipline. President Trump reassured Governor Calvo and our fellow Americans on Guam that United States forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America.

So are we all headed toward war?

The White House said Mr Xi and Mr Trump "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and stressed their "extremely close relationship". And that missile test led to nary a tweet from Trump. It is currently operational in Romania, with another opening in Poland in 2018.

A soundtrack from that era plays, featuring Tears for Fears' Everybody Wants to Rule the World. She called on the UN Security Council to continue to address the crisis.

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They included Warmbier, who was imprisoned for stealing a propaganda poster and only allowed to return to the U.S.in June - in an unconscious state. Trump has said "it will not happen".

Likewise, Jian Ghomeshi had the resources to hire a capable legal team to ferret out e-mail evidence.

They cite lingering questions about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear know-how.

Trump then went on to say that he should have been in the job eight years ago, suggesting that he would have prevented the current situation from taking place.

The most likely scenario is therefore permanent crisis.

"The president's rhetoric could be aimed at China, but largely it is aimed at North Korea, trying to deter", Roehrig said. "I don't have any problem with that".

Is there a way out?

President Donald Trump is warning North Korea not to make any more threats or face "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper, meanwhile, lashed back at the U.S.in an editorial Saturday. As hollow as past presidents' pledges to do the same.

A readout of the call released Saturday afternoon states that Trump and Macron spoke about North Korea, and committed to enforcing the new sanctions passed by the United Nations last week. "I am so thankful and I'm glad you're holding the helm".

"I wish there would be less partisanship up there", Calvo told Trump.

Mopping up, Defense Secretary James Mattis' approach was to suggest that Trump should be taken seriously but not literally; his retelling moved the red line from threat to action, as in, North Korea "should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

Stein Tonnesson is research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.

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