North Korea Showdown

May 19, 2017 • Volume 27, Issue 19
Can a military confrontation be averted?
By David Hosansky

The Next Step

China's Role

Eleftheriou-Smith, Loulla-Mae , “China ‘tells citizens to leave North Korea,’ as tensions with US escalate,” The Independent, May 3, 2017, A Chinese man living in North Korea told Radio Free Asia, a U.S. based radio station broadcasting to Asian countries, that China warned its citizens to leave North Korea immediately due to tensions between Pyongyang and the United States.

Feldscher, Kyle , “Trump: If China wanted to end North Korean aggression, it could,” The Washington Examiner, April 21, 2017, President Trump tweeted that China is the “economic lifeline” to North Korea and said China should play a larger role in combatting North Korean aggression.

Griffiths, James, Tim Schwarz and Serenitie Wang , “North Korean ships dock in Chinese port despite coal embargo,” CNN, April 21, 2017, Six North Korean ships loaded with coal docked at Chinese ports in April, despite China banning coal imports from North Korea in February.

North Korean Leadership

Brunnstrom, David , “North Korea media issues rare criticism of China over nuclear warnings,” Reuters, May 3, 2017, North Korea's state-run media said China worsened international tensions when Chinese state-run media called for tougher sanctions on North Korea's nuclear program.

Jamieson, Alastair, and Stella Kim , “North Korea Detains Fourth American Citizen,” NBC News, May 7, 2017, North Korea detained a fourth American citizen, who was working at a university in the nation's capital, for “hostile acts against the republic,” according to a state-run news outlet.

Rucker, Philip , “Kasich: Trump should ‘eradicate’ North Korean leadership,” The Washington Post, April 28, 2017, Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, said President Trump should launch a surgical military and intelligence strike to “eradicate” North Korean leader Kim Jung Un and his top lieutenants but stopped short of calling for assassination.

Nuclear Weapons

The Associated Press, “US test fires ballistic missile from California coastal base,” ABC News, May 3 2017, Amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, the United States fired an unarmed test missile from a California military base after 10 months of planning.

Gaydos, Ryan , “North Korea threat: WH official says Kim could use nuclear weapons as ‘blackmail,’” Fox News, May 3, 2017, Matt Pottinger, the Asia director on President Trump's National Security Council, said North Korea could use its nuclear weapons as “blackmail” to force the United States out of the Korean Peninsula and abandon its South Korea ally.

Hjelmgaard, Kim , “North Korea writes rare letter to House protesting new sanctions,” USA Today, May, 12, 2017, North Korea sent the U.S. House of Representatives a letter protesting new U.S. military sanctions over North Korea's ballistic and nuclear weapons testing.

Trump Strategy

Abraham, Alana , “President Trump and Vladimir Putin Had a ‘Very Good’ Phone Call,” Time, May 2, 2017, The White House told reporters that President Trump discussed ways to de-escalate tensions with North Korea in a “very good” phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jacobs, Jennifer, and Margaret Talev , “Trump Says He'd Meet With Kim Jong Un Under Right Circumstances,” Bloomberg, May 2, 2017, President Trump said he “would be honored” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jung Un under the right conditions, which White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later clarified “are not there right now.”

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