As North Korea continues to amp up their nuclear and missile programs, the threat of World War 3 and other possible consequences are escalating with each passing day. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated that North Korea’s attempt to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States of America and its allies in the East is a sign of “clear and present danger” to the rest of the world.
As reported by Reuters, as the tension from Kim Jong-un’s regime is increasing, the Trump administration has been pressing China aggressively to resolve the issues with the hermit state. The United State has struggled to slow Pyongyang’s missile development programs, which have become a security priority given Kim’s vow to develop a nuclear warhead missile capable of hitting the United States mainland.
“The United States will continue to seek a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to this situation,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council after the vote.
However, Nikki Haley added that the United States is trying very hard to resolve the issue diplomatically but under Trump’s administration, America is prepared “to counteract North Korean aggression through other means, if necessary.”
According to CNBC, North Korea has ignored the warning of G7 summit leaders and fired one short-range ballistic missile that has landed in the sea of Japan.
Under Kim Jong-un’s regime, this was yet another answer to the world that the hermit state is not planning to resolve the issues diplomatically and is preparing for an inevitable nuclear war.
“North Korea must immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) and abandon all nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner… Condemning in the strongest terms North Korea’s nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, we stand ready to strengthen measures aimed at achieving these objectives and strongly call on the international community to redouble its efforts to ensure the sustained, comprehensive and thorough implementation of relevant UNSCRs.”
As reported by Express, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Russia’s Vladimir Titov have condemned North Korea’s missile tests but have called the other countries not to take any rash decisions, asking “at present, the situation on the Korean peninsula is complex and sensitive, and we hope all relevant sides maintain calm and exercise restraint.”
Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that Donald Trump’s administration is working very hard with the Republic of China and other countries to end the problems with North Korea as soon as possible. Mattis added that China, being North Korea’s closest ally, will see that under Kim Jong-un, the hermit state is nothing but a liability.
North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile…but China is trying hard!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2017
In his speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue, Jim Mattis sought to balance his hopeful comments on China with sharp criticism of what he called China’s disregard for international law by its “indisputable militarization.”
“We cannot and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo in the South China Sea,” he said.
He added: “While competition between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies, is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable. Our two countries can and do co-operate for mutual benefit. We will work closely with China where we share a common cause.”
Jim Mattis also reminded the audience that given North Korea’s past records of kidnapping, the killing of sailors, the murder of diplomats, and other criminal activities, Kim’s vow to make nuclear warhead missile is not only a threat to the United States but the consequences will affect the livelihood of everyone.
“As a matter of national security, the United States regards the threat from North Korea as a clear and present danger.”
Keep checking this space for the latest news on the alleged World War 3 and North Korea’s nuclear missile tests.
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