In Asia-Pacific countries, many are concerned about North Korea's nuclear program

Despite this optimistic rhetoric from Tillerson, Russia's refutation of US claims that North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4 and opposition to expanded worldwide sanctions against North Korea suggests that diplomacy has done little to assuage Washington-Moscow tensions over North Korea.

What the U.S. should do instead of pressuring China is come to a new policy toward the DPRK, including allowing DPRK to feel secure, meaning that it won't be invaded, it should stop simulating the destruction of North Korea with war exercises, and in exchange ask the DPRK perhaps to cap its nuclear program.

North Korea's successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile has prompted strong criticism from the United States and from governments across the Asia-Pacific region. "We're going to go ahead and push for a strong resolution against North Korea", U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told CBS News Sunday.

"Simple accumulated data can not be used as evidence to question China's severe attitude in carrying out UN Security Council resolutions", Huang told a news briefing.

The so-called secondary sanctions now being considered are a way for the United States to apply targeted economic pressure on companies in countries with ties to North Korea by denying them access to the USA market and financial system. Along with nuclear assets in South Korea, we could swiftly reduce the country of North Korea to the Stone Age, an assured destruction.

Past attempts have included storing the programs on USB memory sticks or DVDs, and attaching the devices to balloons that are floated over North Korea. In contrast, the Moon administration continues to see talks with North Korea as inherently valuable and has indicated that it will seek avenues for humanitarian exchange with Pyongyang.

The U.S. plan, however, might not mesh with Moon's policy on North Korea.

So never mind the potential nuclear threat to other parts of the globe that North Korea may or may not provide. But try as he might on Twitter or in person, President Donald Trump hasn't persuaded China to keep Kim Jong Un's regime from testing missile after missile during his first six months in office.

North Korean iron ore isn't covered by the same sort of restrictions.

The think tank said images of the uranium enrichment facility at Yongbyon could also indicate operation of centrifuges that could be used to increase North Korea's stock of enriched uranium, its other source of bomb fuel.

"The Philippines is very much involved if there's unstable situation in the Korean peninsula", he said. In a video conference, the three countries again condemned Pyongyang's long-range ballistic missile launch, calling it a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and a threat to global peace and stability.

  • Rogelio Becker