Spain is Latest Country to Expel North Korean Ambassador

Marie Harrington
September 20, 2017

The United States also conducted Joint Air Force exercises with South Korea.

The range puts the United States territory of Guam within reach, which North Korea have previously threatened, and followed sanctions approved by the bloc on 11 September.

An official White House readout of the call released shortly after the president's tweet said Mr. Trump and the South Korean president "committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea".

Gardner's letter will be sent to ambassadors to the United States from China, Brazil, Britain, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Vietnam.

In their phone conversation held Sunday, Moon and Trump stressed the need to thoroughly implement U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been imposed on North Korea, including the latest sanctions resolution adopted early last week to punish the communist state for its latest nuclear test.

Asked if that meant Trump would launch a military strike, McMaster said "he's been very clear about that, that all options are on the table".

Kim Jong Un has pledged to continue the North's programs, saying his country is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" in military force with the United States.

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Those sanctions went after North Korea's oil and textile industries, seeking to deal a severe economic blow by significantly cutting the number of imports other countries would receive from the North.

The mainstream argument against negotiating with North Korea, says Goldstein, is that you can't reward bad behavior. Sanctions are not "a tool for stifling the regime", it said.

"More and more nations are realizing there's simply no collaboration with the global community", he said.

Indeed, China's government realizes that North Korea's nuclear disarmament is no longer an option in the near term, Zhao argues. "I think that a lot of effort is being put into this".

The true intention of the to appease the opposition from several countries against the escalation of tension and the outbreak of war in the Korean peninsula and the region and involve them in the sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK by all means. "On the one hand, he's suggested to North Korea that they need to work with the United Nations to denuclearize the Korean peninsula".

Goldstein agrees with Zhao that cooperation with China is crucial to resolving the issue: "It's well past time to try new approaches, and that means", he says, that the USA should be "following China's lead".

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