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US House Minority Leader Expresses Concern N. Korea Could Sell Weapons

17 July 2017, 03:31 | Terri Saunders

US House Minority Leader Expresses Concern N. Korea Could Sell Weapons

12 2017 shows Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon speaking at the start of a meeting with officials from local firms that ran factories at the now-shuttered Kaesong Industrial Complex

For years, the committee has examined North Korea's growing capabilities. Officials and experts say it could test a sixth at any time, despite USA -led global efforts to curb its program.

The former special envoy on North Korean human rights issues added: "We need to try to identify the people that are really the ones that are doing it". He said notable wars included Japan's invasion of Korea in the Ming dynasty, when the Chinese emperor sent tens of thousands of troops to assist Korea, and two invasions by the Manchuria-based Qing dynasty in 1627 and 1636, when Korea was under the then collapsing Ming dynasty.

Open war on the Korean Peninsula should be avoided by all parties. What endures is a decades long state of armed truce and mutual suspicion.

A report by US-based nuclear expert Siegfried Hecker published by 38 North last September estimated North Korea had stockpiles of 32kg to 54kg of plutonium, enough for six to eight bombs. An increase in such production would note an advance in the country's nuclear weapons program because uranium enrichment is harder to detect than plutonium enrichment and can be enriched continuously, according to Yonhap News Agency. China must realise that defensive mechanisms like the deployment of THAAD are due to North Korea's aggressive nuclear posture.

It followed the launching of what is claimed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of reaching the West coast of America.

While Geng did not name any country, his remarks were clearly directed against the United States.

The transformed domestic political reality of RoK needs an assessment before analysing the overall regional situation.

"It's a shame they're behaving this way", President Donald Trump said during a press conference after the ICBM test was announced. The July 4 test does not seem the action of a government that feels threatened.

The North's nuclear threat is moving closer to reality.

"In some cases, it's a question of talking with people who've left North Korea, who had some of these disgusting experiences with North Korean abuse and give the information as to who the individuals are". Its lack of communication with the outside world, and the propaganda regime with its rampant lies, present confusion to nations around the globe.

The already tangled security dynamics of the Korean peninsula is heading for further complication owing to the latest developments in the region. Though it's obvious that he runs a brutal authoritarian machine, it's unclear what exactly about him is the truth.

Additionally, Congress took united action against those who fund Kim Jong-un's totalitarian regime a year ago. The desperate will similarly do anything, but with one goal- to benefit themselves.

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In East Asia, the USA faces two foreign policy challenges that seem separate and risky, when they are really interrelated in a way so that one problem can be manipulated to solve the other problem.

Sanctions are the only action so far that are specifically meant to pressure China on North Korea; arms sales and fleet movements have happened before and would have again sooner or later.

Yet after the collapse of the USSR, North Korea was left destitute and thousands died in a crippling starvation.

The best hope that the U.S. has in dealing with North Korea is to squeeze it economically and force it to cooperate with other nations to stay alive.

The same goods sold in North Korean markets, or exported to China, are produced differently. The alternative could be as apocalyptic as the darkest fantasies that dart through the warped mind of Kim Jong-un. To illustrate, consider the two main challenges the US faces in the region.

That leaves the military option, but that's also a no-win scenario. We also increased resources for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program, an interceptor system that guards our country against ballistic missile attacks.

What to do about North Korea?

FYI, China has repeatedly said North Korea is not their problem.

The second course of action involves direct military action.

In April, China positioned 150,000 troops along their much larger border with North Korea last week, as well as sending a fleet of fully-loaded cargo ships destined for North Korea back home. Since China gains nothing from exerting pressure on North Korea, it is unrealistic for the U.S.to continue to ask China to do so.

About the Author: Katie Pickle is a clerk at the Reid Law Firm.

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