US wants to bring N Korea back to 'path of dialogue'

Nick Mcbride
April 28, 2017

"We want to bring Kim Jong-Un to his senses, not to his knees".

"If Kim Jong UN continues provocative actions, nuclear tests, the testing and development of increasingly capable missiles and explicit threats to attack USA troops, or our allies in the region, we are well prepared to take action against him", Senator Coons, a lawmaker who was in the briefing, told CGTN.

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"It is a wild dream for the U.S.to think of depriving the DPRK of its nuclear deterrent through military threat and sanctions".

His testimony comes amid growing concerns over North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile programs.

Among the options are returning North Korea to the USA state sponsor of terrorism blacklist, which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week was under consideration.

Australia's foreign minister says North Korea has utterly disregarded global law and violated U.N. Security Council resolutions on numerous occasions.

Following the meeting, U.S. officials told Reuters that tougher sanctions could include an oil embargo, banning North Korea's airline and punishing foreign banks that continue to trade with the country.

Although such an explosion hasn't yet occurred, Trump has sent high-powered US military vessels and an aircraft carrier to the region in a show of force, while the North conducted large-scale, live-fire artillery drills, witnessed by national leader Kim Jong Un, earlier this week. "The nuclear weapon would be put on an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the United States".

John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been two of President Trump's loudest critics within the Republican party, but following a private dinner at the White House with the president Monday night, both men expressed confidence in Trump's seriousness about addressing a major foreign policy crisis: the threat from North Korea. He said any North Korean missile fired at USA forces would be destroyed.

In another move that will likely irk China, Harris said he thought there would be more US freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea "soon", and sought to separate the issue from North Korea. "We urge you to take steps now to help formally end the Korean War with a peace treaty".

USA officials said Wednesday's briefings will center on three key issues: intelligence about the North's capabilities; US response options, including military ones; and how to get China and other countries to enforce existing economic sanctions on Pyongyang, along with ideas for new penalties.

A statement released Wednesday says Japanese aircraft are integrated with ongoing training by the USS Carl Vinson's air wing.

The Vinson group is now in the Philippine Sea. It made no specific mention of military options, though it said the US would defend itself and friends.

A targeted USA attack to take out North Korea's nuclear weapons program could spark a wider war on the Korean peninsula, lawmakers and experts have warned. The carrier group will conduct joint exercises with the South Korean military.

As a standoff escalated over North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, South Korea said the deployment of a US anti-missile defense system was moving ahead effectively a day after angry protests against the battery and fierce opposition to it from China.

The South announced key parts of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, had been deployed as tensions - and military assets -continued to build in the region.

Seoul held a large annual drill of its own, involving some 100 artillery pieces, 90 armored vehicles and 50 aircraft, as well as 2,000 South Korean and U.S. troops, the defense ministry said.

"I believe that we have to look at North Korea as if Kim Jong Un will do what he says", Harris told the panel, while acknowledging that for now, at least, there's a "capability gap" between what the North Korean leader has threatened and what his military could achieve.

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