It’s incredibly dangerous territory, in which every word and action must be consideredby Emil Dall / March 23, 2017 / Leave a comment
Yesterday’s failed test by North Korea, in which a missile apparently exploded seconds after its launch, is likely to be only a temporary setback for leader Kim Jong-un. With every test, whether failed or successful, North Korea learns something new. The regime’s nuclear and missile tests have become more frequent and increasingly advanced, demonstrating its ability to circumvent sanctions. On 18th March, it tested a new high-performance rocket engine which many believe is another step towards developing a long-range missile capable of targeting the west coast of the United States. Earlier this month, it conducted a simultaneous test of four missiles which the North Korea expert Jeffrey Lewis described as preparation for “a nuclear first strike.”
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has therefore warned that all options—including military action—are now on the table. On his recent inaugural visit to Asia, he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and declared a new era of co-operation between the two countries to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Could a step away from old policies, paired with renewed co-operation with China, be the key for President Donald Trump in dealing with North Korea? Maybe. But it may also complicate the situation further.
While president, Barack Obama pursued a policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea. His administration refused to engage in direct negotiations with its leadership, imposed strict sa…