Opinion Trump and North Korea: No time to hurtle toward war

17:35  10 august  2017
17:35  10 august  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

North Korea: US cannot dodge ‘merciless strike’

  North Korea: US cannot dodge ‘merciless strike’ North Korea on Sunday warned the U.S. it faces a "merciless strike" following "reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war. "North Korea declared it has the military capacity to target the mainland U.S. as well as the U.S. territory Guam in a strike the U.S. cannot "dodge," according to CNN.CNN reports the message was in the official government newspaper, Rodong Sinmun.The warning comes a day before the U.S. begins conducting annual military exercises with South Korea starting Monday.

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Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have many serious issues to discuss at their upcoming Mar-a-Lago summit, but only one ticking time bomb: North Korea . So to prevent North Korea from acquiring the ability to strike the U.S., will Trump risk war with China?

Man takes a photo of a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Tokyo, Aug. 9, 2017.© Shizuo Kambayashi, AP Man takes a photo of a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Tokyo, Aug. 9, 2017.

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North Korea’s nuclear weapons challenge is as serious a crisis an American president has faced since the end of the Cold War. That is why President Trump should tread carefully and wisely before hurtling us toward conflict in Asia.

Trump is right on the key threat. North Korea’s aim to develop a nuclear weapon that could hit the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada is unacceptable. We know enough about the criminal regime in Pyongyang to be clear about our own bottom line: We can’t allow it to blackmail our country for years to come.

Trump warns N. Korea that U.S. is 'locked and loaded'

  Trump warns N. Korea that U.S. is 'locked and loaded' President Donald Trump is warning of military action "should North Korea act unwisely." WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is warning of military action, saying the U.S. is "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.

But we have no idea what Trump will decide to do if North Korea conducts a nuclear test. Why would we go to war now? And in that case, American hawks looking to bomb North Korea definitely think now is the time to strike.

No one would dare equate Donald Trump and North Korea ’s latest leader—although Gail Collins, la fine fleur intellectuelle on the New York Times opinion page, came close the other day. We're marching toward war between the installation of THAAD, additional sanctions, and a lot of

Before the Trump administration decides to confront Pyongyang’s menacing young leader, Kim Jung Un, however, it should take time to deepen the U.S. strategic position on the Korean Peninsula for the struggle ahead.

There is much Washington must now do. Trump should strengthen the U.S. military presence in South Korea and Japan to meet our defense commitments to both allies. He should continue to invest in missile defense systems to protect the U.S. homeland. He should enlist the political support of Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore and others, including our NATO allies, to isolate North Korea as the instigator and threat to peace.

Most important, Trump must continue to make North Korea the focal point of our relationship with China. President Xi Jinping has significant influence on Kim through Beijing’s food and energy exports to Pyongyang, but he is reluctant to use it. Trump can make it crystal clear to Xi that U.S.-China relations will sink or swim on this key issue. As the world’s two strongest countries, we should coalesce to manage this threat together. Should China not help us, Trump could retaliate with a potent but risky option — the imposition of American secondary sanctions on Chinese and other companies that did business with North Korea. Beijing needs to understand that the North’s threat against the U.S. is, for us, existential.

Poll: Trump's approval rating rebounds amid North Korea tensions

  Poll: Trump's approval rating rebounds amid North Korea tensions President Trump's approval rating has rebounded after a week of rising tensions with North Korea, according to a Rasmussen poll released Friday afternoon.Trump's approval rating in the right-leaning poll now stands at 45 percent, a six-point jump from a 39 percent approval rating in the sa me poll last week. The new rating marks Trump's highest approval the poll has recorded since July 12. Trump has spent the week escalating tensions with North Korea after the nation announced it was moving forward with developing plans to attack the island territory of Guam. On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that U.S.

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For such a complex strategy to work, Trump will need to slow down and think carefully with his senior advisers about how to carry it out successfully. War is not imminent. There is no reason for the U.S. to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. This is no time to hurtle toward a war that could quickly spin out of our control.

There is a better and smarter path ahead. As we strengthen our military position, Trump should also commit to a diplomatic initiative to contain Kim's nuclear program. Here is where the president’s own behavior will be so important.

Rather than mimicking Kim’s shrill and bombastic threats, Trump should adopt more the upright, tough and determined demeanor that Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan all exemplified at the most dangerous moments of World War II and the Cold War. There is a reason why all our nuclear-age presidents since Dwight Eisenhower have stopped short of threatening the use of nuclear weapons. We want to retain the moral high ground and rally the rest of the world against an international outlaw. And we want to make sure deterrence is clear and credible.

Trump tweets North Korea military solutions 'fully in place'

  Trump tweets North Korea military solutions 'fully in place' President Trump continued his aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea on Friday.President Trump continued his aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea on Friday, issuing yet another stark warning to the U.S. adversary on Twitter.

He added that North Korea will keep building up its nuclear arsenal in "quality and quantity" and said Pyongyang is ready to go to war if that's what Trump wants. "At a time and at a place where the headquarters deems necessary, it will take place." The North conducted two such tests last year alone.

We also see that China understands that a war between the US and North Korea would be an absolute disaster and bring with it huge human carnage Now, the NKoreans are fully recognized as a nuclear power with delivery capability. Just more trouble for “this world”, hurtling towards destruction.

Diplomacy offers no guarantee, but it would be irresponsible not to try. Precipitous U.S. military action could trigger the most violent conflict since World War II with massive loss of civilian life. Such a struggle could even pit America against China, an unthinkable prospect.

Diplomacy, backed by U.S. military strength, makes more sense. A Trump diplomatic campaign must thus find a way to unite South Korea, Japan, Russia and China to act together to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. This won’t be easy. But it would buy badly needed time for negotiations with Pyongyang. While our ultimate objective should be a Korean Peninsula free of Kim's nuclear weapons, that could take years to accomplish. No American official to my knowledge has ever met Kim Jung Un. It would be irresponsible in the extreme for a U.S. president to go to war without having first given diplomacy a real chance.

For such a plan to succeed, Trump should hand the reins to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. His tough, experienced and nuanced constitution seems right for an incendiary problem like this. Trump should get off his Twitter account and let Tillerson engage in the kind of quiet, backroom diplomacy that might offer the best chance of a breakthrough.

South Korea Will Prevent War at All Costs, President Moon Says

  South Korea Will Prevent War at All Costs, President Moon Says South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that any military action against Kim Jong Un’s regime requires his nation’s approval, and vowed to prevent war at all costs. “There will be no war repeated on the Korean Peninsula,” Moon said in a speech on Tuesday marking the anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation in the 1940s. Military action against North Korea should be decided by “ourselves and not by anyone else,” he said.While Moon said that South Korea would work with the U.S. to counter security threats, he emphasized the need to focus on diplomatic efforts.

Wit said the normally ironclad alliance between the US and South Korea could be rocked by a reversal by Moon on policy toward North Korea . So if Trump can't convince Xi he's on the brink of war with North Korea and muscle out some concessions, he's looking at about a one-month window in which

"If South and North Korea are going to have a war , it’s going to be all because of Trump ." Are you worried about the possibility of a war ? I think that a war can happen at any time . We’ve already been through the Korean War once — North Korea attacked us and they’re still trying.

Trump hasn’t made diplomacy a priority since taking office. He is threatening to cut the State Department budget by a third and has ignored the career Foreign Service, the jewel in the crown of American foreign policy. It is time for Trump to recognize he needs our diplomats as much as our soldiers to meet the North Korea threat effectively. He should quickly name  experienced diplomats to fill the vacant positions of ambassador to South Korea and assistant secretary of State for East Asian Affairs.

The stakes are as high as they can be in this developing crisis. Trump might thus recall the wisdom of Theodore Roosevelt, no shrinking violet himself, in facing down a brutal tyrant like Kim: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Nicholas Burns is a Harvard professor and former undersecretary of State who served presidents of both parties in his foreign service career. His positions over a 27-year period included lead U.S. negotiator on Iran's nuclear program. Follow him on Twitter:@RNicholasBurns

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