Markey to Trump: Negotiate with Kim Jong Un

Apr 10, 2017, 00:34
Markey to Trump: Negotiate with Kim Jong Un

Council members said they "deplore" all North Korean ballistic missile activity, stressing that it contributes to the country's development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and diverts resources from the needs of its people.

"Therefore if an ICBM attack was imminent the President would have to conduct a preemptive strike".

Both scenarios are part of an accelerated review of North Korea policy prepared in advance of Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week.

The president has previously called on China to do more on North Korea, but Beijing has been hesitant to push too hard on Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-un has said North Korea is on the "brink of war" with America in response to growing tensions between the two countries.

"They have indicated that they will and I think we need to allow them time to take actions", Tillerson said of China.

"This coordinated initiative could force North Korea to make real demilitarization concessions, while providing a win for both China and the United States", Markey wrote, adding that China has unsuccessfully urged the U.S. to engage North Korea directly for years.

General Lori Robinson told lawmakers she was "extremely confident" of USA capability to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) bound for America, should North Korean leader Kim Jong Un succeed in developing that technology.

The South plans to deploy the new missile this year following further tests to determine its reliability, Yonhap said.

Carrier Strike Group 1, led by the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson, is en route to the Western Pacific near the peninsula, as US and regional concerns mount over North Korea's growing military capabilities, a USA official told Reuters on Saturday.

McMaster described the USA decision to send the Carl Vinson Strike Group to safeguard US interests in the Western Pacific as "prudent".

Last year, South Korea announced the creation of a special operations unit called Spartan 3000 to operate behind enemy frontlines inside North Korea.

On March 6, the day of North Korea's most recent launch, the New York Times reported that President Trump had pledged support for Japan but had not specifically noted any sort of counterattack on North Korea.

These launches defy United Nations resolutions that ban North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology whatsoever. However, all evidence points at the imposing more coercive pressure on North Korea, imposing more pressure on China to press North Korea.

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