The United States may soon take military action against North Korea. While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in South Korea, he made numerous statements about the country’s neighbors from the north.
In one statement, according to BBC, he said policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea is over, and pre-emptive military action is definitely an “option on the table.”
President Trump supports Tillerson’s stance. Many times, Trump has hinted he completely disapproves of North Korea. In a tweet, the president said North Korea was “behaving very badly” with their “playing” the US “for years.” “China has done little to help!” he added.
Tillerson also stressed his opposition to military conflict. However, “if they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then that option’s on the table.”
Before Tillerson’s assessment, he visited the DMZ (demilitarized zone), which divides Korea into norther and southern regions.
The United States and North Korea have been at odds since the mid-19th century. In the past, few years, The North has been testing nuclear weapons and missiles. Time is all that stands between North Korea and missiles possessing the capability to hit the US.
Why is China, North Korea’s biggest ally, not doing anything?
China has been North Korea’s main ally, and many are blaming the Chinese for not doing anything to keep their “ally” in check. China may not be in full support of North Korea but are very cautious when dealing with the northern region so as not to instigate volatility with them.
Due to North Korea’s weapons testing, Mr Tillerson has called on China to fully implement UN-imposed sanctions.
“I don’t believe we have ever fully achieved the maximum level of action that can be taken under the UN Security Council resolution with full participation of all countries,” he said.
It seems like Trump’s administration is preparing to throw away 20 years of diplomacy and wage a full-on war with North Korea. It is clear there is no negotiating with the North Korean leaders—military action has to be taken. We can no longer sit around and allow North Korea to develop weaponry aimed at destroying America.
More, the threat of war isn’t stopping North Korea. Because a day earlier, after meeting with Japan’s leaders, Tillerson said it was time to try a “new approach” in thwarting North Korea’s nuclear efforts. Upon Tillerson’s speech, the Pyongyang’s Beijing-based embassy facilitated a press conference to amplify their stance on nuclear projects. They added the US and Seoul disrupting the current “peace and stability.”