The US, Japan, and South Korea on Wednesday agreed that a North Korean nuclear weapons test would be met with an “unprecedentedly strong response” as tensions continue to rise on the Korean Peninsula.
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with her Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Tokyo to discuss North Korea.
South Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun-dong said the officials agreed to increase cooperation “so that North Korea can immediately stop its illegal activities and return to denuclearization talks.”
Cho added that the three countries “agreed on the need for an unprecedentedly strong response if North Korea proceeds with its seventh nuclear test.”
North Korea hasn’t conducted a nuclear test since 2017, but Pyongyang has launched a record number of missile tests this year, and the US and South Korea have resumed conducting joint war games after years of not holding them.
As tensions grow, the Biden administration has not changed its approach to Pyongyang, and chances for diplomacy seem slim. The administration still insists on the “denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula, which is a non-starter for talks with the North.
Sherman also met with Japanese and South Korean officials on Tuesday and threatened that the US could use nuclear weapons to defend its allies from North Korea. She said the US “will use the full range of US defense capabilities to defend our allies, including nuclear, conventional, and missile defense capabilities.”
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while Biden complains about Russia’s “nuclear saber rattling” he threatens North Korea with a nuclear strike.
What a crock! You get people to a table and start out slowly, building trust and a reasonable opening to other areas… Economics is a good starter. North Korea has been in the lurch for too long. Dangle a damn carrot, entice them to the table, slowly building a relationship. Build trust. Have reasonable agreements that put people at ease, then slowly build up to the issues of major concern. This will take time and competent people. At this point, discussing nukes is ridiculous. We throw out demands without having a handshake. Surely, there must be some clever people left in Washington?!
Did not Biden “dangle a carrot” when he offered to give North Korea free covid shots?
Never read that one.
He made the offer on May 21. You can google to verify.
Yeh probably all laced with Arsenic
Good morning Mr. Pragmatist,
I’m speaking to the issue, in terms of the need of protocols for meetings of this kind.
I thought is was a good attempt to build a little bit of a relationship.
Well, all parties can try, as they have since 1986.
Anyone who thinks N.K is going to give up it`s Nukes can think again , the Nukes are the only thing standing between being invaded and occupied by the Americans , it was only the efforts of Mao that stopped the yanks in 1953.
In long run, North Korea “lost” by China saving them. If you had to choose, where would you prefer to live? North or South Korea.
Do you imagine that the DPRK cares where Westerners, or almost anyone else for that matter, prefers to live?
Not Seoul. The conventional artillery in the hills north of the city could level it in 20 minutes. The guns are loaded and the operators sleep next to their weapons.
US cannot do a damn thing to NK…!
Funny. We expect N, Korea to refrain from all missile testing as the U.S. continues its economic embargo against them. U.S. – give us everything we want without getting anything in return.
Think we heard this one before. But, war on three fronts is what the goal is, obviously. Eurasia, East Asia and Middle East.
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