There will be irreversible tragedy if both sides continue this game of chicken instead of laying down their arms.
China uses North Korea as a pawn for its own interests, bearing in mind that the reunification of the Korean Peninsula under the U.S. flag would be a possibility to absolutely avoid.
Trump is facing his first major security crisis. If he miscalculates, hundreds of thousands of people — if not millions — could die as a result. And Trump is dangerously ill-equipped — mentally, psychologically and in terms of the paucity of his administration staff — to deal with this situation in a calm and rational way.
We are now witnessing the most implausible version of that scenario: Two delusional men, on opposite sides of the Pacific, both apparently believing that their honour and political standing teeter on the credibility of their threats.
Therefore, the US cannot afford to show weakness in dealing with North Korea's criminal leadership. Nevertheless, it also cannot allow itself to get dragged into a war that would devastate the entire region.
It is quite unfortunate that the White House showed explicit discomfort toward the South Korean government’s proposal for a South-North military dialogue. On July 17, White House press secretary Sean Spicer replied to a request to offer an opinion on the issue by stating that the question should be asked of the South [Read more]