Song and Mattis also talked about the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system to South Korea, according to a senior government official with knowledge of the discussions.
The problem, Samore told VOA, is not so much with Trump’s tweets but “that [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un is not interested in having a negotiation right now”.
The North’s launch over Japan shouldn’t be a total surprise.
Instead, Trump’s terse, written statement reiterating that all US options are being considered pointed to an administration cautiously searching for an effective policy, even as the North’s test risked endangering Japanese civilians. This retaliation would result in the conquest, collapse and liquidation of Kim Jong-un’s state.
Samore, of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, deemed it “unlikely in the future that a diplomatic agreement” would North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. While China has been a major obstacle in dealing with North Korea in the past, during the past couple of weeks it has displayed to the world its ever growing distance between its neighbor and intimidation acts. North Korea has launched a number of missile tests recently, in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions – including one flight yesterday that sent a vehicle over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
When asked to elaborate on her appeal to China, May said there were “a number of issues that China can look at”, such as further global sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s regime.
“(McMaster) emphasized that the US would coordinate closely with the South Korean government on all measures related to the North Korean issue and make joint decisions as an alliance”, it said in a separate press release.
He called the launch a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam, which is home to key USA military bases that North Korea finds threatening, and said the country needs to conduct more missile launches into the Pacific to advance the capabilities of its strategic force, according to the KCNA.
The U.S. has military treaties with both Japan and South Korea to help protect them.
Instead, Trump’s terse, written statement reiterating that all US options are being considered pointed to an administration cautiously searching for an effective policy, even as the North’s test risked endangering Japanese civilians.
It was the minister’s first meeting with Mattis since he took office in July. In the August 11 statement where China revealed it would not support North Korea in a first strike, it also reaffirmed that if the US did make the first move, it will defend its ally. This threat would discourage even the most thickheaded leaders from unnecessary actions.
North Korea regularly says U.S. Neither states have anything to gain from such reckless action.