As the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years, US President Donald Trump has embarked on a 12-day trip to Asia starting on Friday the 3rd November during which he would five countries: Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. In his shuttle diplomatic voyage, President Trump is expected to show a united front with South Korea and Japan while pressing China to take a stronger line with Pyongyang.
A new report released today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) of the Republic of Korea, is calling for governments to adopt innovative financing models to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
According to the best-informed US analysts, the response to North Korea’s further military escalation should consist in Japan’s and South Korea’s nuclear rearmament. It would be the response, but also the explicit justification, for North Korea’s rearmament. According to the US military decision-makers, however, the preventive conventional confrontation could be divided into four alternatives:
A hermit kingdom where government officials flatter their leader with odd songs. A lady in pink, in an enthusiastic tone, announcing some “successful” missile test or the video of the test it-self is the most we get to see of it. North Korea is a different country. Criticism and sanctions has done little to stop its ambitious nuclear program.
North Korea’s military strength is the strength of its nuclear potential. As the North Korean Foreign Minister stated at the ASEAN Forum in early August 2017, the United States must be "blamed" for wanting to bring "the nuclear war into the Korean peninsula". He also reaffirmed that North Korea would never discuss the issue of its missile and nuclear arsenal at the negotiating table with the United States and its allies.
One would think it unnecessary to point up the potential for disruption of a functioning international order now before us in the stand off of an American Administration headed by a President widely perceived to be inexperienced and impulsive, and a perennially, aggressively oppositional North Korean dictatorship.
This anthology put together by the Modern Diplomacy gives readers an up-to-the-minute rendering of the conflict raging on the Korean peninsula from diplomatic, military, intelligence, cultural, and political perspectives – from the local on-the-ground street level all the way up to the grandest international organization/global power level.
For those living in the northern climes of our great country, the season is just beginning to change. Summer has lost its worst heat. The air smells and tastes different ... like Spring except that unlike Spring, instead of freshness ... there is an undertone of decay.