President Trump is expected to discuss North Korea issues with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Florida next week. The Trump administration has vowed to take a tougher stance against the regime after years of failed attempts to denuclearize North Korea.
"There is a real possibility that North Korea will be able to hit the US with a nuclear-armed missile by the end of the first Trump term", KT McFarland, deputy White House national security adviser, was quoted as telling the Financial Times in a separate interview. "While China is a major avenue for North Korean sanctions evasion, they are not the only pieces to the puzzle". Or what many people fear, rightly I think, that it could be an electromagnetic pulse attack, which you could get with a tramp steamer with a very primitive missile that only has to take the nuclear weapon up 10,000 feet or so and detonate it there in New York Harbor, have an EMP effect, knocking out electrical grids and information, technology and communication.
Asked how he would tackle North Korea, Trump said: "I'm not going to tell you".
"Considering various possibilities, we are closely tracking and monitoring the North's moves in cooperation with the United States", Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for the the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Yonhap News Agency. But don't expect Kim Jong Un to change his belligerent behavior unless forced to by China or by US military action or by the belief that such action is imminent.
"Now the question becomes, after he's having said that North Korea is not going to develop an ICBM and so for publicly taking a strong negative position, what will be his personal and emotional action to North Koreans telling him to go take a flying leap?"
South Korean athletes need approval from Seoul to enter the North as the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically in a state of war. During his campaign he accused China of unfair trade practices and threatened to raise import taxes on Chinese goods and declare Beijing a currency manipulator, though it is unclear whether Mr. Trump will follow through with either threat.
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The US ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday said China can and must do more to force North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea has conducted five nuclear weapons tests since 2006.
And, amid reports that Pyongyang is preparing another banned nuclear test, Haley said Washington would not settle for holding another United Nations debate.
Although the long-standing option of pre-emptive military strikes against North Korea is not off the table, the review gives priority to less-risky steps and "de-emphasizes direct military action", the official said.
"The North Koreans know when commercial satellites are passing overhead and typically try to avoid activities during that time", researchers report. As Woolsey and Pry point out, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could easily "deliver an atomic bomb hidden on a freighter sailing under a false flag into a USA port, or hire their terrorist allies to fly a nuclear 9/11 suicide mission across the unprotected border with Mexico".